The Rise and Fall of Communism in Russia

Robert V. Daniels

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April 4, 2007
494 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
ISBN: 9780300106497
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Distinguished historian of the Soviet period Robert V. Daniels offers a penetrating survey of the evolution of the Soviet system and its ideology. In a tightly woven series of analyses written during his career-long inquiry into the Soviet Union, Daniels explores the Soviet experience from Karl Marx to Boris Yeltsin and shows how key ideological notions were altered as Soviet history unfolded.
The book exposes a long history of American misunderstanding of the Soviet Union, leading up to the "grand surprise" of its collapse in 1991. Daniels's perspective is always original, and his assessments, some worked out years ago, are strikingly prescient in the light of post-1991 archival revelations. Soviet Communism evolved and decayed over the decades, Daniels argues, through a prolonged revolutionary process, combined with the challenges of modernization and the personal struggles between ideologues and power-grabbers.

Robert V. Daniels is professor emeritus of history, University of Vermont. Among his many previous books are The Conscience of the Revolution: Communist Opposition in Soviet Russia and The End of the Communist Revolution. He lives in Burlington, VT.

"Daniels has been one of the liveliest and most original scholars in the Soviet field for many years. This book confirms that his productivity and alertness to new developments continue unabated."—Sheila Fitzpatrick, University of Chicago 
 

"A marvelous chronicle of an intellectual at work over a lifetime of trying to understand the Soviet Union and, eventually, its downfall."—Mark von Hagen, Columbia University

"This collection makes available a half-century's worth of commentary, full of original formulations, by one of the more clear-headed observers of the Soviet Union and now Russia . . . at a time when a new mythology about this region of the world is achieving the status of orthodoxy."—David A. J. Macey, Middlebury College

"The author's erudition and thoughtfulness make this volume valuable reading for scholars of Russian history. Recommended."—Choice

"Large, engaging, and filled with intellectual energy. . . . Each of the 36 chapters in this book offers some challenging theory or argument. . . . A cohesive and comprehensive interpretation of Soviet political history."—Lars T. Lih, Slavic Review

"This large volume consists of articles written by Daniels between 1953 and 2002. . . . They all exhibit the author's erudition, common sense, and originality."—Peter Kenez, Project Muse

"A beautifully produced catalogue of the “big three” of early 20th-century American photography."—Prudence Hone, The Guardian

"A rare chance to see the three photographers who broke new ground for early practitioners."—Lucy Davis, Daily Telegraph