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By Peter Kenez

An exam of political, social and cultural advancements within the Soviet Union. The publication identifies the social tensions and political inconsistencies that spurred radical switch within the executive of Russia, from the flip of the century to the revolution of 1917. Kenez envisions that revolution as a concern of authority that posed the query, 'Who shall govern Russia?' this query used to be resolved with the production of the Soviet Union. Kenez strains the improvement of the Soviet Union from the Revolution, during the Nineteen Twenties, the years of the hot financial guidelines and into the Stalinist order. He exhibits how post-Stalin Soviet leaders struggled to discover how you can rule the rustic with no utilizing Stalin's equipment but additionally with out overtly repudiating the previous, and to barter a calm yet antipathetic coexistence with the capitalist West. during this re-creation, he additionally examines the post-Soviet interval, tracing Russia's improvement as much as the current day.

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Although the allied governments regarded the Bolsheviks and everything they stood for with fear and loathing, had the Bolsheviks continued the war against the Germans, they could have received allied support. The allies first assisted the Whites with the illusory hope that the antiGerman front might be reconstructed. The British and the Americans, who 36 A History of the Soviet Union in early 1918 sent small detachments to the Far North in Murmansk and Archangel and to the Far East in Vladivostok, justified their intervention in Russian affairs in terms of their need to fight the Germans.

The Leninists did not worry about the morality of taking money from the enemies of their country. They believed that the interests of social revolution outweighed nationalist concerns, and that under the circumstances it did not matter which imperialist camp derived short-term benefits from Bolshevik actions. Ironically, many of the people who most vociferously denounced Lenin as a traitor did not hesitate to accept aid from the Germans after the Bolshevik revolution, and thereby proved the point: the interests of class struggle under some circumstances supersede the interests of national struggle.

But fortunately for them, their background and their ideology allowed them to improvise successfully. The Bolsheviks, as Marxist-Leninists, instinctively understood the significance of organization and mass mobilization. They worked tirelessly and ceaselessly both to bring their program to the workers and peasants and to create organizational forms that could restore order. A major share of the credit for winning the civil war belonged to the party. Originally an organization of revolutionaries, it was quickly transformed into an instrument of rule.

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