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Nicholas V. Riasanovsky

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195156508

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195156508.001.0001

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Soviet Russia, 1917–1991

Soviet Russia, 1917–1991

(p.211) 9 Soviet Russia, 1917–1991
Russian Identities

Nicholas V. Riasanovsky (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter begins by discussing misconceptions about the Soviet Union that stem from the substitution of a struggle of leaders for power. It explains Marxism and Leninism ideologies. It stresses that personal dictatorship, occasionally modified by a narrow oligarchy of a few, became the standard form. It discusses that the Soviet Union became divided into fifteen union republics and, within them, over a hundred smaller subdivisions, based again on the ethnic principles. It clarifies that during some seventy-five years of Communist rule, the Soviet people, particularly Russian people believed in Marxism and Leninism, to different depths and degrees of comprehension.

Keywords:   Marxism, Leninism, Communism, Stalin, October Revolution, nationalism, patriotism, Soviet Union

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