Periodization of the history of the USSR in the traditional and anthropological perspectives. The elites and the society before and after the Revolution, changes among power elites, regime changes: social, political, economic, cultural, etc. Presentation of the main manuals and litterature. The Revolution of February The society and the need for change.
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Pipes was so opposed to communism and the Soviet regime that he was hand-picked by the US government in the s, to lead an independent committee examining Soviet weapons levels.
The Pipes committee, called Team B, claimed all kinds of Soviet military expansion and advancement, most of which were later proved false. He depicts Lenin as a usurper, a political thief who waited until the Provisional Government was at its weakest point then snatched power illegitimately and without a broad supporter base. Pipes argues that violence and terror were inevitable in post Russia because of the unworkability of socialism and the nature of Lenin and his followers.
The Bolsheviks, who had been raised on a diet of violence and oppression, simply ruled the only way they knew how. But it can appear as such only in retrospect. Lenin himself thought it an extremely chancy undertaking. Every ingredient of what has come to be known as Stalinism save one — murdering fellow Communists — he had learned from Lenin.
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