By Tony Brenton,Donald Crawford,Sean McMeekin,Dominic Lieven,Orlando Figes,Richard Sakwa,Douglas Smith,Martin Sixsmith,Simon Dixon,Boris Kolonitsky,Richard Pipes,Edvard Radzinsky,Catriona Kelly,Erik Landis,Evan Mawdsley
Marx held that the development of society from capitalism to communism used to be 'historically inevitable'. In Russia in 1917, it appeared that Marx's conception was once being born out in truth. yet used to be the Russian Revolution particularly inevitable? This selection of fourteen contributions from the world's major Russian students makes an attempt to reply to the query by way of in retrospect on the key turning issues of the revolution. From the Russo-Japanese clash of 1904-5 via to the appropriation of church estate in 1922, and focusing specifically at the really good chain of occasions in 1917 resulting in the October Revolution itself, Historically Inevitable? is a forensic account of Russia's highway to revolution.
Each contribution provides not just a fast paced, incisive narrative account of somebody element of Revolution but in addition, for the 1st time, an interesting counter-factual research of what may have long gone in a different way. that includes Richard Pipes at the Kornilov affair, Orlando Figes at the October Revolution, Dominic Lieven on international intervention and Martin Sixsmith at the tried assassination of Lenin in 1918, Historically Inevitable? explains how every one of those moments, extra via blind good fortune than any ancient inevitability, ended in the construction of the world's first communist country. Tony Brenton's afterword to the quantity attracts parallels among the Revolution and the last word cave in of the Soviet Union in 1991, and areas the occasions of 1917 within the context of more moderen occasions in Russia and the Crimea.
Featuring contributions from:
Donald Crawford - Sean McMeekin - Dominic Lieven - Orlando Figes - Richard Sakwa - Douglas Smith - Martin Sixsmith - Simon Dixon - Boris Kolonitsky - Richard Pipes - Edvard Radzinsky - Catriona Kelly - Erik Landis - Evan Mawdsley
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