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About Russia, Its Revolutions, Its Development and Its Present


Michal Reiman

The author analyzes modern Russian history from a new perspective. Due to the ideological heritage of the XIXth and XXth centuries, the social settings of the sociopolitical history of the USSR (1917–1945) have not been fully identified. Detailed examination of ideological and political concepts shows that the revolution of 1917 became not a middle class, proletarian movement, but rather a plebeian one. The misjudgment by the new power enabled growth but caused tremendous losses of human lives and material damages. Socialization of economy and strict centralization led to a new social structure and established terror as an instrument for social reorganization. WWII revealed the necessity of a correction of these developments, but the events of the Cold War circumvented any further considerations.

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Names: Reiman, Michal, author.

Title: About Russia, its revolutions, its development and its present / Michal Reiman.

Description: Frankfurt am Main ; New York : Peter Lang Edition, [2016] | Series: Prager Schriften zur Zeitgeschichte und zum Zeitgeschehen, ISSN 1861-163X ; Band 10 | Includes bibliographical references and index.

Identifiers: LCCN 2016027098| ISBN 9783631671368 (print) | ISBN 9783653064735 (ebook)

Subjects: LCSH: Soviet Union—Politics and government—1917-1936. | Soviet Union—Politics and government—1936-1953. | Soviet Union—History—Revolution, 1917-1921—Influence. | Stalin, Joseph 1878-1953—Influence. | Soviet Union—Social conditions—1917-1945. | Revolutions—Social aspects—Soviet Union—History. | Social change--Soviet Union—History. | Social structure—Soviet Union—History. | Political culture—Soviet Union—History. | State-sponsored terrorism—Social aspects—Soviet Union—History.

Classification: LCC DK268.4 .R45 2016 | DDC 947.084—dc23 LC record available at

The monograph has been published with the support of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague, Research Development Schemes, programm P17 - Sciences of Society, Politics, and Media under the Challenge of the Times.


Prof. a.D. Dr. Milan Průcha (Freie Universität Berlin)

Prof. Dr. Dieter Segert (Universität Wien)


ISBN 978-3-631-67136-8 (Print)

E-ISBN 978-3-653-06473-5 (E-Book)

E-ISBN 978-3-631-69554-8 (EPUB)

E-ISBN 978-3-631-69555-5 (MOBI)

DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-06473-5

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