lmost twenty years after the Soviet Unions' end, what are we to
make of its existence? Was it a heroic experiment, an unmitigated
disaster, or a viable if flawed response to the modern world?
Taking a fresh approach to the study of the Soviet Union, this Very
Short Introduction blends political history with an investigation
into the society and culture at the time. Stephen Lovell examines
aspects of patriotism, political violence, poverty, and ideology;
and provides answers to some of the big questions about the Soviet
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