The Formation of the Soviet Union: Communism and Nationalism, 1917-1923

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Harvard University Press, 1997 - 365 pages
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Here is the history of the disintegration of the Russian Empire, and the emergence, on its ruins, of a multinational Communist state. In this revealing account, Richard Pipes tells how the Communists exploited the new nationalism of the peoples of the Ukraine, Belorussia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and the Volga-Ural area--first to seize power and then to expand into the borderlands.

The Formation of the Soviet Union acquires special relevance in the post-Soviet era, when the ethnic groups described in the book once again reclaimed their independence, this time apparently for good.

In a 1996 Preface to the Revised Edition, Pipes suggests how material recently released from the Russian archives might supplement his account.

 

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Contents

THE NATIONAL PROBLEM IN RUSSIA
1
EMPIRE
50
The Moslem Borderlands
75
The Caucasus
93
The Bolsheviks in Power
107
SOVIET CONQUEST OF THE UKRAINE
114
SOVIET CONQUEST OF THE MOSLEM BORDERLANDS
155
SOVIET CONQUEST OF THE CAUCASUS
193
The Opposition to Centralization
255
Formulation of Constitutional Principles of the Union
269
Lenins Change of Mind
276
The Last Discussion of the Nationality Question
289
Chronology of Principal Events
298
Bibliography
304
Notes
329
Index
353

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE UNION OF SOVIET
242

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About the author (1997)

Richard Pipes was born Ryszard Edgar Pipes in Cieszyn, Poland on July 11, 1923. Soon after German troops entered Warsaw, he and his family fled to Italy on forged passports in 1939. They reached the United States a year later. He was attending Muskingum College in Ohio when he was drafted into the Army Air Corps in 1942. He was sent to study Russian at Cornell University. He received a bachelor's degree from Cornell in 1946 and a doctorate in history from Harvard University in 1950. His dissertation became the basis of his first book The Formation of the Soviet Union: Communism and Nationalism, 1917-1923. His other books included Struve: Liberal on the Left, 1870-1905; Struve: Liberal on the Right, 1905-1944; U.S.-Soviet Relations in the Era of D├ętente; Survival Is Not Enough: Soviet Realities and America's Future; Russia Under the Old Regime; The Russian Revolution; Russia Under the Bolshevik Regime; and Vixi: Memoirs of a Non-Belonger. He served for two years as the director of Eastern European and Soviet affairs for President Ronald Reagan's National Security Council. He spent his entire academic career at Harvard University. He died on May 17, 2018 at the age of 94.

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