The Bolsheviks in Power: The First Year of Soviet Rule in Petrograd

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Indiana University Press, 2008 - 494 páginas
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A major contribution to the historiography of the world in the 20th century, The Bolsheviks in Power focuses on the fateful first year of Soviet rule in Petrograd. It examines events that profoundly shaped the Soviet political system that endured through most of the 20th century. Drawing largely from previously inaccessible Soviet archives, it demolishes standard interpretations of the origins of Soviet authoritarianism by demonstrating that the Soviet system evolved ad hoc as the Bolsheviks struggled to retain political power amid spiraling political, social, economic, and military crises. The book covers issues such as the rapid fall of influential moderate Bolsheviks, the formation of the dreaded Cheka, the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly, the Red Terror, the national government's flight to Moscow, and the subsequent rivalry between Russia's new and old capitals.

 

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Written by a respected american historian of the russian revolution and early soviet period, this book kind of completes a trilogy about the Bolshevik ascension to power that started with the author's ... Ler crítica na íntegra

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The Bolsheviks and the October revolution in Petrograd
1
The Defeat of the Moderates
15
1 Formng a Government
17
2 Rebels into Rulers
54
3 Gathering Forces
80
4 The Fate of the Constituent Assembly
104
War or Peace?
129
5 Fighting Lenin
131
10 The Northern Commune and the BolshevikLeft SR Alliance
260
11 The Suicide of the Left SRs
283
Celebration Amid Terror
311
12 The Road to Red Terror
313
13 The Red Terror in Petrograd
330
14 Celebrating The Greatest Event in the History of the World
356
15 Price of Survival
389
Chronology of Key Events
403

6 The Socialist Fatherland Is in Danger
155
7 An Obscene Peace
181
Soviet Power on the Brink
211
8 A Turbulent Spring
213
9 Continuing Crises
237
Notes
409
Selected Bibliography
455
Index
475
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Alexander Rabinowitch is Professor Emeritus of History at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is author of Prelude to Revolution: The Petrograd Bolsheviks and the July 1917 Uprising (IUP, 1968) and The Bolsheviks Come to Power: The Revolution of 1917 in Petrograd. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

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