1. Introduction; 2. The revolution, 1917-21; 3. New Economic Policies, 1921-9; 4. The first five-year plan; 5. High Stalinism; 6. A great and patriotic war; 7. The nadir: 1945-53; 8. The age of Khrushchev; 9. Real, existing socialism; 10. Failed reforms; 11. Leap into the unknown; 12. Illiberal democracy; 13. Putin returns.
This updated third edition examines political, social, and cultural developments in the Soviet Union as well as the post-Soviet period.
Peter Kenez is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including The Coming of the Holocaust: From Antisemitism to Genocide (Cambridge, 2013) and Hungary from the Nazis to the Soviets: The Establishment of the Communist Regime in Hungary, 1944-1948 (Cambridge, 2006).