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A Concise History of Russia (Cambridge Concise Histories) by Paul Bushkovitch

By Paul Bushkovitch

Obtainable to scholars, travelers, and normal readers alike, this e-book presents a huge assessment of Russian background because the 9th century. Paul Bushkovitch emphasizes the large alterations within the knowing of Russian historical past caused by the top of the Soviet Union in 1991. because then, new fabric has come to gentle at the background of the Soviet period, offering new conceptions of Russia's pre-revolutionary previous. The booklet strains not just the political historical past of Russia, but additionally advancements in its literature, artwork, and technological know-how. Bushkovitch describes famous cultural figures, similar to Chekhov, Tolstoy, and Mendeleev of their institutional and old contexts. even though the 1917 revolution, the ensuing Soviet approach, and the chilly warfare have been a vital a part of Russian and international historical past, Bushkovitch offers prior advancements as greater than only a prelude to Bolshevik energy.

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The foregoing cursory overview of government systems is intended simply to provide a backdrop for the in-depth analyses that follow of the Soviet-era communist parties’ successors in Poland, Hungary, Lithuania, Germany, Russia, and Ukraine. This Page Intentionally Left Blank CHAPTER O N E Poland’s ExCommunists: From Pariahs to Establishment Players June Leftwich Curry The Polish United Workers’ Party (Polska Zjednoczona Partia Robotnicza [PZPR]) suffered what seemed to be a terminal blow in 1989.

The deputies to the Sejm who had voted for the economic reforms and the removal of the Communist Party from power were in a quandary. They had made their statement against the old Communist Party but then were welcomed into none of the new parties. So their only option was to join the SdRP. Local activists who joined the SdRP were, most often, conservatives opposed to the reforms supported by the PZPR deputies. But, again, if they wanted to belong to something, the SdRP and PUS were the only parties that would accept them.

There, relations were convivial. Social democratic deputies tightened their social bonds of “us” against the “them” who were shunning them. In the process, a clear and visceral sense of the importance of “the party” de~ e l o p e dThis . ~ ~ tight loyalty and sense of a group identity, as well as the unity of the top leadership group that emerged, would define the party for at least the next decade. At the same time, consciously or unconsciously, they developed other strategies to “cope”with their isolation.

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