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History of Soviet Russia

History of Soviet Russia

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A pioneering history of the Soviet Union by Georg von Rauch that became a standard textbook on the subject.

A pioneering history of the Soviet Union by Georg von Rauch that became a standard textbook on the subject.

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A
HISTORYOFSOVIETRUSSIA
hy
Georg von Rauch
Translated
by
Peter and Annette Jacobsohn
FOURTH
REVISED EDITION
FREDERICK
A.
PRAEGER,
Pubishers
New
York
Washington •
London
 
PREFACE
A
History
of Soviet
Russia
is intended to be a generally understandable and clearly-organized outline of Russia's history since1917.
The
existing works on this period usually
stress
the evolution ofthe
Marxist
ideology. A number of important general histories emphasize the foregn policy of the Soviet
Union
or
even
its foregntrade policies. In
some
other works,
events
revolve around the
lives
of
Lenin
or Stalin. English and
American
authors have provided uswith
excelent
decriptions of the Russian Revolution. The alreadypublished volumes of more
extensive
works offer a wealth of valuable material, although at
times
the official pronouncements of the
Party
Congresses or the Communist press are followed too
rei
giously, with too much importance attached to ideological and tac
tical
argumentation.
What
has so far not been available is a summarized survey of the
events
of the years
1917-1961,
described in chronological order.
There
was need for a guide book which, without beng shallow,
did
not bog down in a discussion of the problems or
neglect
theactual
events
sometimes lost
in the rhetoric of Party leaders. Whatwas needed was a work for
easy
reference for the student, theteacher, the truly concerned.
I
have not based my book on theories but on the actual Russian
background
of the October Revolution—the revolutionary trends
of
the 19th and early 20th century. The revolution itsef is depictedas the product of the interaction of many factors—too innumerableto be perceved in ther totality by ther contemporaries. Lenin'scentral role must not, of course, be overlooked here. However, anyobjective observer will
also
consider all the other revolutionaryfigures
and
trends
even
if they did not finally prevail. The influence
of
the Mensheviks and of the Social Revolutionaries, which couldbe
fet
until 1921, as wel as Trotsky's pre-emnent role in the Rev-
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