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The New Civilisation?

The New Civilisation?

The New Civilisation? Understanding Stalin’s Soviet Union 1929–1941

By Paul Flewers

Paperback 390 pages
ISBN 978 1 903427 40 8

’this excellent book should find a place on the shelf alongside earlier work covering similar subject matter by Jones, Williams, Caute, and Stone.

Gary Daniels, Labour History Review, August 2010

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’this extensively researched book... has implications beyond the detail of the period it covers: it is a contribution to our reckoning with the ways adopted to achieve socialism in the 20th century.’

Mike Belbin, Weekly Worker, December 2008

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’provides an extremely comprehensive survey of the changing attitudes towards the Soviet Union in the period from the first Five-Year Plan in 1929 to the Nazi invasion of 1941, focussed on the leftist intelligentsia’

Bill Jefferies, Permanent Revolution, no 10, Autumn 2008

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The book

The first years of the Soviet Five-Year Plans witnessed an upsurge of interest in the Soviet Union. In hundreds of books and thousands of articles, commentators of all political outlooks expressed their opinions on the novel features of Stalin’s Soviet Union – industrial construction and agricultural collectivisation, show trials and state terror, Popular Fronts and collective security.

What was the Soviet Union? Was it a totalitarian threat to Western civilisation, or was it a utopia taking shape before our eyes? Was Stalinism the logical outcome of the October Revolution, or did it represent its betrayal? Was there anything that Western countries could learn from the Five-Year Plans? These were just some of the questions asked.

Written in a lively manner, this book covers a vast range of material published in Britain, from the far left to the far right, from the well known to the downright obscure, on all aspects of the Soviet Union during 1929–1941, and draws out the impact of the Soviet experience upon British intellectuals and political trends.

The author

Paul Flewers has been involved in left-wing politics since the 1970s. He studied at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, where he obtained his PhD. He is a member of the editorial boards of Revolutionary History and New Interventions.


This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 22 January, 2009.
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