1917: the year a series of rebellions toppled three centuries of autocratic rule and placed a group of political radicals in charge of a world power. Here, suddenly, was the first modern socialist state, a kingdom more bright that any heaven had to offer”. But the dream was short-lived, bringing in its wake seventy years of conflict and instability that nearly ended in nuclear war.
How could such a revolution take place and what caused it to go so very wrong? Presenting a uniquely long view of events, Abraham Ascher takes readers from the seeds of revolution in the 1880s right through to Stalin’s state terror and the power of the communist legacy in Russia today. Original and shrewd, Ascher’s analysis offers an unparalled introduction to this watershed period in world history
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Abraham Ascher is Distinguished Emeritus Professor of History at the City University of New York’s graduate school. A highly respected scholar, he is the recipient of numerous awards and the author of seven books and over 30 articles. He lives in New York City.
"The best, most concise and most reliable introduction." - Walter Laqueur - Former director of the Institute of Contemporary History and Emeritus Professor, Georgetown University
"Perfect for the general reader. Original and insightful. Highly recommended." - Guenter Lewy - Emeritus Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
"Erudite and engaging. Ascher's gems of insight will make it required reading for all students of the Russian Revolution."
Seymour Becker - Professor Emeritus of History, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
"Few readers can fail to come away armed with invaluable knowledge after dipping into Oneworld's Beginner's Guides series. Insightful and informative, they make mind-boggling concepts simple and stimulate further inquiry." — Christina Borg, Sunday Times
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