32. The Russian Revolution: Sheila Fitzpatrick

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32. The Russian Revolution: Sheila Fitzpatrick

Post  Patguy on Sat Dec 19, 2009 1:00 am

“…Stalin had committed himself very firmly to an industrialization drive; and the conclusion to be drawn from the Preobrazhensky-Bukharin debate was that Russia should either postpone its industrialization or risk a major confrontation with the peasantry. Stalin was not a man to announce unpopular politics in advance, but with hindsight it is not hard to guess which conclusion he preferred.”

The definitive short history of the Russian Revolution. I’m sure it’s come in for a lot of criticism from the endlessly-jesuitical Marxist scholars, but to me it seemed sober and rational, avoiding the obvious ideological pitfalls. Recommended to anyone with even a passing interest in the subject.

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