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Robert V. Daniels' book Russia: The Roots of Confrontation, first published in 1985, examines the historical contrasts between East and West and elucidates the Russian enigma. The book springs from the thesis that Russia's national character and its international relations can be understood only in light of the traumas and triumphs, privation and privileges that the country weathered in its unique past under the tsars and the Soviets. The author lays to rest the mistaken American view that Soviet behavior was simply the application of Marxist revolutionary ideology. The character of the Soviet system as it evolved after the Revolution is shown to be a synthesis of revolutionary rhetoric, dictatorial pragmatism, and traditional Russian kinds of behavior. Daniels points out that no part of the world is more alien to Americans than Russia, and he evokes parallels and contrasts with the American experience to clarify the driving forces behind this ill-understood superpower.

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First published in 1985, this book examines the historical contrasts between East and West and elucidates the Russian enigma. The book springs from the thesis that Russia's national character and its international relations can be understood only in light of the traumas and triumphs, privation and privileges that the country weathered in its unique past under the tsars and the Soviets.

About the Author

Robert V. Daniels is Professor of History, Emeritus, University of Vermont.

Table of Contents

1. The Past in the Present

The Old in the New

The Geographical Base

The Ethnic Mosaic

Ethnodemographics

The Geology of Historical Experience

2. Holy Russia

The Phases of Russian History

Imperial Expansion

Autocracy

Two-Storey Slavery

Cultural Schizophrenia

3. Imperial Power

The International Context

The Rise of Russian Power

Russia in the Age of Alliances

The Road to Catastrophe

The United States and the Tsarist Government

America and the Peoples of Russia

4. The Road to Revolution

Modernization and Revolution

The Russian Revolutionary Movement

Marxism in Russia

The Uprising of 1905

5. The Revolutions of 1917

The Setting

The February Revolution

The Provisional Government

The October Revolution

The Legacy of Revolution

6. War, Intervention, and International Revolution

World War and the Provisional Government

The Bolsheviks and the World

Russia Leaves the War

Civil War

Allied Intervention

World Revolution

7. The Evolution of the Soviet Regime

Lenin's Dictatorship and War Communism

Building Socialism and the New Economic Policy

The Stalin Revolution

The Great Purge and Stalin's Counterrevolution

From Stalin to Brezhnev

8. Isolation and Alliance

The NEP in Foreign Policy

The Third Period

From Collective Security to the Hitler-Stalin Pact

The Grand Alliance

9. Cold War and Coexistence

The Big Two

The Expansion of Communism

Containment

From Freeze to Thaw

From Coexistence to Polycentrism

10. The Contemporary System

The Politics of Leadership

The Political Structure

Ideology

The Socialist Economy

11. Soviet Life and Culture

The Social Structure

Education and Science

Intellectual Life and Dissent

Religion

The Nationalities

The Soviet Way of Life

12. The Soviet Union and the World

The Road to Détente

The Bloc and the Triangle

Third-World Competition

The Balance of Terror

The New Cold War

Conclusion: Confrontation or Accommodation?

Suggested Readings

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674779662
Foreword:
Reischauer, Edwin O.
Author:
Reischauer, Edwin O.
Author:
Daniels, Robert V.
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
United states
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Eastern Europe
Subject:
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Subject:
Soviet Union
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Eastern Europe - General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Russia-General Russian History
Copyright:
Series:
American Foreign Policy Library
Series Volume:
26
Publication Date:
October 1986
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9.25x6.04x1.31 in. 1.50 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , First published in 1985, this book examines the historical contrasts between East and West and elucidates the Russian enigma. The book springs from the thesis that Russia's national character and its international relations can be understood only in light of the traumas and triumphs, privation and privileges that the country weathered in its unique past under the tsars and the Soviets.
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