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5.0 von 5 Sternen Good Antidote to Soviet Apologia
It's amazing how many histories of the USSR or the Russian Revolution will gloss over the waves of terror they initiated, or imply that this terror was "necessary," or speak of it in the same phlegmatic way that one would describe routine events. This makes a stark contrast to the way that moral indignation is NOT withheld from histories of Nazi Germany...
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1.0 von 5 Sternen An old-fashioned history driven by old-fashioned ideology
This book could (and should) have been written 30 years ago. It isn't simply that it's anti-socialist - blaming the whole Left (and many liberals too) for the coillapse of the Revolution into dictatorship. It is also that it totally ignores the past generation of scholarship - social histories of late Imperial Russia and the Revolution which have produced a much more...
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1.0 von 5 Sternen An old-fashioned history driven by old-fashioned ideology, 5. Juni 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Russian Revolution (Taschenbuch)
This book could (and should) have been written 30 years ago. It isn't simply that it's anti-socialist - blaming the whole Left (and many liberals too) for the coillapse of the Revolution into dictatorship. It is also that it totally ignores the past generation of scholarship - social histories of late Imperial Russia and the Revolution which have produced a much more complicated picture than the one presented here. For Pipes the Bolsheviks are simply "evil" - the rank-and-file are blind agents of Lenin's will, and he's to blame for all. Yet the point is to find out why soldiers, workers and the peasantry should join the Bolsheviks, or fail to resist them and defend democracy, given their own revolutionary traditions. This Pipes fails to do. Yet there is an alternative - A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution, 1891-1924, by the British historian, Orlando Figes, which I am reading now. It takes a much more balanced view - and is much more readable than Pipe's stodgy prose. Now wonder it has won so many literary prizes.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Good Antidote to Soviet Apologia, 22. April 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Russian Revolution (Taschenbuch)
It's amazing how many histories of the USSR or the Russian Revolution will gloss over the waves of terror they initiated, or imply that this terror was "necessary," or speak of it in the same phlegmatic way that one would describe routine events. This makes a stark contrast to the way that moral indignation is NOT withheld from histories of Nazi Germany. Professor Pipes should be commended for expressing moral indignation about inexcusable and unnecessary tyranny and bloodshed, just as William L. Shirer deserves commendation for telling the story of Nazi Germany the way it really happened. (Did this mean that Shirer was "biased"? If he had downplayed the Nazi terror and devoted hundreds of pages to Nazi "accomplishments" such as full employment, would this have been an accurate and meaningful account of the Third Reich?) Indeed, the fact that Pipes' book attracts criticism from intellectuals for having revealed the true face of Lenin's Bolsheviks and the Soviet government they installed--in all its ruthlessness, depravity, and mendacity--is strong proof that his book's focus on the role of depraved intellectuals and depraved theories in the establishment of the USSR is right on the money. As Pipes pointed out, one of its founding ideas can be traced back to Rousseau--the idea that man is a mere creature of his "environment," and therefore completely malleable. This amounts to an engraved invitation to bloodthirsty monsters like Lenin and Stalin to start thinking that mankind should be forced to become "good," regardless of the human cost. It's sad that intellectuals--those ceaseless announcers of irony--haven't spotted the irony here: policies that necessitate bloodshed are not "good" and cannot lead to "good."
Another valuable contribution of this book is that the author is not afraid to show that Bolshevism was the creation of the upper-middle-class intelligentsia, not the workers or the peasants, and served the interests of the intelligentsia, not the lower classes.
Pipes' book should be read by every person interested in history who is not afraid to be shown that ideas have consequences, and that these are often inexcusably horrible.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Superb, definitive and poignant in its wisdom, 31. Oktober 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Russian Revolution (Taschenbuch)
As for Russian history, this book is the bible regarding the revolutionary period. For French Revolution fans, here is Russia's version of "citizen" action contructed by diabolical architects who kept France's success always in front of them. As for political science, this book is wise in its interpretation of political action and didactic in its interpretation about this failed expirament in alleged utopianism. Once read one is convinced of Russia's failure in governing and appalled at its deliberate evil perpitrated by a few upon millions who sought and needed true freedom. Prof. Pipes brings home accountability for the actions of afew dangerous men. This book is a brilliant, an enlightening historical study about Russia, history in general and man as a creature who is always seeking power and social control. Pipes clearly reveals that history does repeats itself. And, like Winston Churchill, reveals how good people can understand evil actions if they understand history. Superb, superb, superb.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This book is the bible on the topic . . ., 1. Mai 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Russian Revolution (Taschenbuch)
As a history student majoring in Russia I have to say this book is the bible on the topic of the Russian Revolution. Pipes proves with enough arguments all his points through out the book. Since the origins of the Russian Revolution to the last chapter on the 'Red Terror' Pipes shows how Lenin destroyed all prospects of the revolution the moment he entered the sphere of politics in Russia. As Pipes argues, the origns of the revolution started with intellectuals protesting for the delay in the implementation of the reforms of Tsar Alexander II. Most of what the ideals of the Russian Revolution were based, was on intellectuals representing the peasants and workers claiming to have political representation in the political decisions of the country, beginning with the 'zemtsvo' and conluding in the revolutions of 1905 and of February 1917. As Pipes argues, when the Bolsheviks conquered power, they destroyed all the ideals of the revolution since they triumphed by a coup d'etat and not by a genuine revolution as it took place in 1905 and in February of 1917. The ideals of previous revolutionaries, to live in a country where all sectors of society would have a political voice in the government where all destroyed by the Bolsheviks (who besides betraying and penetrating the 'soviets') they also established an absolute tyranny where only the Bolsheviks could decide the future of the nation, thus prohibiting other parties and establishing a brutal dictatorship based on terror. This of course did not have anything to do with the ideals of previous revolutionaries who fought for a revolution where the ideal of freedom prevailed and not the imposition of one party which won its way to power by a coup organized by Lenin and Trotsky. The book is of course 'communists' worst nightmare'
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1.0 von 5 Sternen A disturbing book in its abandonment of evidence for polemic, 2. März 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Russian Revolution (Taschenbuch)
Richard Pipes continues his attack on the Bolsheviks and revolutionaries in general with this history. In Russia Under the Old Regime, he came very close to advocating political apathy in favor of personal and spiritual fulfillment. To Pipes it seems, popular involvement in the government just upsets the applecart and stokes the flames of revolution- a combination that any rock-ribbed conservative like Pipes fears. Now, in the Russian Revolution, Pipes continues his attack on the Bolsheviks or, for that matter, any person or group brave enough to believe that the government could be altered for the good of its people. He believes that the 1917 revolution was an intricately planned coup by Lenin and his dupes, and he spends quite a few pages arguing just that. The problem, outside of his obvious personal axe-grinding, is that the evidence leads us elsewhere. He willfully ignores a massive amount of scholarship that shows the unpredictable and unexpected sequence of events in October and continues to reject the notion that the Bolsheviks had any popular support, when a careful study of the workers shows significant Bolshevik leanings. The most damning aspect of the book is Pipes' convenient condensing of the events surrounding the actual overthrow of the Provisional Government in October and the assumption of power by the Bolsheviks. He simply ignores the events that don't fit into his argument that Lenin was the mastermind and in complete control. In reality, those days were confused and unpredictable, with a series of unexpected events giving the Bolsheviks opportunities that they eventually took. Pipes' hindsight notwithstanding, it could have happened very differently. Pipes is not a twenty-two year old graduate student, and thus he is surely quite aware of the scholarship on 1917. I can only assume, based on his suspicious omissions and politically motivated interpretation, that his mistakes are not accidental. We simply do not need more disinformation about the 1917 revolution. The Bolsheviks gave us plenty of that (some of which Pipes seems to believe). With the Soviet Union dead and over eighty years between us and the Revolution, historians need to take off the ideological blinders and see the Revolution for what it was, rather than let our emotions and fears guide us. Just about everyone can agree that the Bolsheviks created and ran a government that committed unspeakable acts of evil. That, however, does not excuse historians from giving us a truthful account of the events at hand. As readers and intelligent citizens, we can do our own thinking and moral judging. Pipes mistakes polemics for history, so don't waste your time on this.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Not nearly as definitive as it claims to be, 5. Oktober 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Russian Revolution (Taschenbuch)
This book is not nearly the definitive work that its admirers believe. On crucial areas such as the role of much of the peasantry and the 1906 Duma only a couple of contemporary sources are cited while leading works in the historiography go unmentioned. A chapter on intelligentsia looks quote Edmund Burke, Raymond Aron, Hippolyte Taine and other conservatives. The idea being is that intellectuals are an irresponsible, bloodthirsty, power-aggrandizing lot, except for those like the author who are senior professors at Harvard and advisors to the Reagan administration. Not merely does the book dislike the Bolsheviks it is also completely unsympathetic to the Mensheviks, the Social Revolutionaries, and even the Kadets. It is not that Pipes has much admiration for the Czar, but he appears to believe that such is the horror of revolution that one should give unconditional support to an incompetent monarch in a war he cannot win. Although there is much contempt for the utopianism of the intelligentsia, he blandly accepts Russia's entry into the first world war, and the millions of deaths that resulted from it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderful Book! I learned so very much., 25. August 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Russian Revolution (Taschenbuch)
Of all the accounts of the Russian revolution I've read, this one is the best, most entertaining and most frightening. It is very well researched and bring the mentality of the participants into a new light. Some of the events seem almost comical but when you realize that the result was a brutal totalitarian regime, you get pretty frightened. How easy it seemed to get people not to care about who is in charge and subjugate them to your will.
I guess I only have one complaint and that is the portion on the death of the czar. Pipes goes into way too much detail in this portion and in my opinion it had very little impact on the Russian revolution. Considering the millions who were killed by the Soviets, the murder of one family, doesn't amount to much.
Max
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Outstanding narrative and analysis, 19. Mai 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Russian Revolution (Taschenbuch)
This is an excellent overview of the Russian Revolution, continued in the also commendable book _Russia Under the Bolshevik Regime_. Based on my readings of other sources and many indisputable facts, Pipes provides very accurate and fair descriptions and analyses of the events, participants and processes. Some reviewers who are critical of Pipes are themselves guilty of bias in favor of Marxism/Leninism, which Pipes rightly criticizes for its many excesses.
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