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By Stephen Lovell

The Soviet Union at its top occupied one 6th of the world's land mass, encompassed fifteen republics, and stretched throughout 11 various time zones. greater than two times the dimensions of the USA, it was once the good possibility of the chilly warfare till it all of sudden collapsed in 1991. Now, nearly two decades after the dissolution of this sizeable empire, what are we to make of its lifestyles? was once it a heroic scan, an unmitigated catastrophe, or a plausible if mistaken reaction to the trendy international? Taking a clean method of the learn of the Soviet Union, this Very brief Introduction blends political background with an research into Soviet society and tradition from 1917 to 1991. Stephen Lovell examines facets of patriotism, political violence, poverty, and beliefs, and offers solutions to a couple of the large questions about the Soviet event. all through, the publication takes a fresh thematic method of the historical past of the Soviet Union and it offers an up to date attention of the Soviet Union's impression and what we've got learnt considering that its end.

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