Drawing on the work of dozens of scholars from Russia, Europe, Japan, and the United States, this encyclopedic volume provides a useful overview of the early years of the Soviet Union. Among the topics covered are the collapse of the moderate Kerensky government and the rise of Bolshevik power, the sweeping militarization of Soviet society (the Red Army had 4,400,000 regulars in 1920), and the contribution of members of the Russian intelligentsia to the apparatus of the Soviet state. Students of Soviet history will find this compendium, which weighs in at nearly 800 pages, to be a valuable resource.
From Library Journal
The three editors of this massive volume?Acton (modern European history, Univ. of East Anglia, Norwich), Vladimir Iu. Cherniaev (Inst. of Russian History, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg), and William G. Rosenburg (modern Russian and Soviet history, Univ. of Michigan)?have collected here 68 entries from 46 leading historians about the Russian Revolution. While all works on this topic appearing in the past five or six years (e.g., Orlando Figes, A People's Tragedy, Viking, 1997, pap., and Richard Pipes, A Concise History of the Russian Revolution, LJ 10/1/95) claim to use newly opened Soviet archives, the difference, claimed by Acton, is that those authors were slaves of the old historical wave?reaction to Soviet invented history?resurrected in the early 1980s as the traditional Western view. This new volume breaks the mold of the anti-Soviet paradigm. Recommended for academic libraries.?Harry V. Willems, Southeast Kansas Lib. System, Iola
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