A Normal Totalitarian Society: How the Soviet Union Functioned and How It Collapsed

1st Edition

Vladimir Shlapentokh

Routledge
Published January 31, 1997
Reference - 288 Pages
ISBN 9781563244728 - CAT# Y181847

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Summary

Shlapentokh undertakes a dispassionate analysis of the ordinary functioning of the Soviet system from Stalin's death through the Soviet collapse and Russia's first post-communist decade. Without overlooking its repressive character, he treats the USSR as a "normal" system that employed both socialist and nationalist ideologies for the purposes of technological and military modernization, preservation of empire, and expansion of its geopolitical power. Foregoing the projection of Western norms and assumptions, he seeks to achieve a clearer understanding of a civilization that has perplexed its critics and its champions alike.

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