The Revolutionary Process in Contemporary Russia

Vladimir Mau and Irina Starodubrovskaya

in The Challenge of Revolution

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780199241507
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599835 | DOI:
 The Revolutionary Process in Contemporary Russia

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This chapter analyses the course of the Russian revolution, which brought about the collapse of communism, in order to define its generic theoretical features. Its purpose is to define the ‘revolutionary curve’ that defines its internal logic of events. It also clarifies three specific features: first, the evolution from ‘reform from above’ to ‘revolution from above’ effected during the Gorbachev era; second, the reasons for the general absence of mass violent action and of revolutionary terror; third, the marked unwillingness of the protagonists to admit the revolutionary character of the changes they were pushing forward. The chapter concludes with a brief prognosis for Russia's current post‐revolutionary situation under President Putin.

Keywords: theory of revolution; Russia

Chapter.  23043 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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