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This is an auction for RUSSIA'S BITTER PATH TO MODERNITY: A HISTORY OF THE SOVIET AND POST-SOVIET ERAS, by Alexander Chubarov. review:

"Will it follow the model of the Western capitalist democracies, as those who applied the economic shock therapy of the early 1990s hoped, or will it chose its own distinct path of development? In this history of Russia from 1917 to the present, Alexander Chubarov teases out certain themes developed in his previous book on tsarist Russia (The Fragile Empire). One of the key factors to Russia's distinctiveness is its halfway location in the centre of the Eurasian landmass. This lends an inevitability to the traditional cultural schism between Westernizing reformers and Slavophiles. Neither approach, says Chubarov, will work on its own. Chubarov offers "a balanced view, abstaining from narrow, ideologically biased assessments", and examines the triumphs (yes) and failures of Russia's Soviet development "within Russia's own cultural and historical context". Without ever minimizing the brutalities of the Soviet period - the state terror, the collectivizations, the labour camps, the deportations of whole peoples - Chubarov demonstrates much continuity between tsarist and Soviet Russia, with the latter often repeating the former's mistakes. Russia, says Chubarov, cannot turn its back on its Soviet experience. Far from being a blind alley or "aberrant phase", the Soviet period was an organic part of Russia history and "was largely successful in turning Russia and most of the other Soviet republics into modern states"."

Hardback 2001.

318 pages.

Near new condition.

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