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    From the Oval Office to the streets of Moscow, world leaders and ordinary citizens alike share interest and concerns about Russia. Can democracy survive there? What does the future hold for the once expansive and still powerful Russian nation? Is Soviet Communism truly dead?

    These are the kinds of questions diplomats struggle with every day. And now, through this series of 16 incisive lectures by an acclaimed scholar of Russian history, you can begin investigating them for yourself as you take a probing historical journey through the recent history and near future of a key world power. Whether your chief interest is Russian or world history, political theory, or international relations, you'll take away fresh knowledge and insight as Professor Hamburg examines the improbable origins of Communist rule in Russia, the ascent of the Red Star to its zenith, and its decline and apparent end in the wake of 1989's events.

    Using new material from previously sealed Soviet archives and covering recent controversial findings by both Russian and Western scholars, he begins with the failures of the czarist regime and the horrors of the First World War, then takes you through the bloody era of Josef Stalin's purges and beyond to Mikhail Gorbachev's perestroika to offer you a thoroughgoing analysis of the Soviet experiment.

    PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

    ©1996 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)1996 The Great Courses

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    • Bob Savage
    • 15/11/2014

    Prof. Hamburg Randomly Picked Topics

    Would you try another book from The Great Courses and/or Professor Gary Hamburg?

    I may pick other Great Courses but I will be more careful to see when the actual date that the lectures were taped. Bill Clinton was still president of the United States and Yeltsin was President of Russia when these lectures were taped. Professor Hamburg was given his predictions on what would happen in Russia after the fall of Communism. More than 14 years have gone by since they lecture were taped and much has happen. As a result, the last lecture was very out of date and gave no preceptive what Russia has actually become under Putin. The "release date" stated 2013 but this is obviously meaningless because it has no relation to when the lectures was actually taped.

    What could The Great Courses have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Discussed the date that the lectures were given.

    What character would you cut from The Rise and Fall of Soviet Communism: A History of 20th-Century Russia?

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    It does not appear that the professor actually tried to explain why the USSR fell. He randomly picked topics to include but skipped crucial events. He did not include Poland and East Germany's efforts and final success in breaking away from the USSR and the USSR's decision not to send in troops to stop them from breaking away as a prellude to the USSR republics also seeking to break with it. He did not even discuss the USSR's defeat in Afghanistan as a factor in the eventual breakup of the USSR. Not really a good effort.

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    • Karen
    • 28/03/2018

    What happened to Brezhnev!?!?!

    The 20 or so years that Brezhnev was in power accounts for about 27% of soviet history and almost half the Cold War but he scarcely got 15 minutes of the total lecture! If you blinked you would have missed him!

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    • Prof. Michael Anthony Novak
    • 25/09/2016

    Good, but a little incomplete

    Professor Hamburg's work is engaging, in conversation with the scholarship around him, and is a fine example of the historian's task. This latter is by virtue both of his willingness to offer insightful assessments where he can, and by being modest where information is lacking. There are two drawbacks. The lectures, recorded and published around 1997/1998, are now (September 2016) feeling a little dated in not continuing on to the Putin years, which are a continuation of the aftermath of the Soviet story. The other drawback is the feeling of disproportion in the series. Out of sixteen lectures, twelve are devoted to the period of the Revolution through the end of Stalin's reign in 1953. That leaves three lectures for the post-1953 Soviet Union, and one for the post-Soviet era, thus four lectures covering 43 years, after having had twelve lectures covering a comparable stretch of time. The Cold War is therefore treated hastily, more attention to internal Soviet life in the later period would be welcome, and details of the complex Soviet relationship to Europe are lacking. (For example, there is no mention of the Solidarity movement or the rise of John Paul II in Poland.) If the Teaching Company can give Dr. Hamburg the opportunity to add to and revise the latter part of these lectures, that would be an easy and welcome fix.

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    • Lance
    • 13/11/2013

    Great introduction but leaves lots of questions

    I really enjoyed the professor and the course. It is a very historical overview of the forces that drove acceptance of Soviet communism, an overview of its decline, and some background behind where it may be headed.

    Highly recommended as an introduction to this material.

    Reasons why I dropped a star. I didn't get a sense as to what the people did, who the people were, who the people became as they progressed throughout what was about a 100 year window of Russian history. I get that Communism minimizes individual contributions and thus this is not necessarily noteworthy, but I would have liked to see a more systematic analysis of how the culture of the country changed as the years progressed. Another reason is the course seemed to stop somewhere in the 1990s. Ok, great but I feel like I need to read alot more about Yeltsin and Putin to understand where Russia is today and what its prospects are. The professor I think could have accommodated more discussion about the Russian people and culture but sometimes gets sidetracked on points that were interesting but somewhat academic. Great I know and get that he is a teacher but for an intro course, I'd rather be focused on some key themes and keep the the academic / pedantic stuff to a minimum.

    Loved the course. Really liked the teacher. This is highly recommended for those looking for an introduction to the rise and fall of Soviet Communism. There may be better intros out there but this worked well for me.

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    • philippe jacob
    • 03/07/2020

    Usual Cold War story

    It is interesting to hear this same old story, but nothing new here. 30 years after the disappearance of the USSR there does not seem to be any attempt to explain how this could have happened. The criticism of who we are now is not even perceived. Sometimes the lecturer is being cynical and doesn’t seem to have any empathy for the communists as if they were not humans. When he mentioned that the bread that the people of the Soviet Union had to eat during WWII, would contain saw dust, I almost expected him to say that they could have eaten cake instead. It was almost as if Marie Antoinette was telling us about the history of humanity.

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    • John
    • 18/02/2016

    One of the best of the Great Courses

    Thorough, exhaustive, and very analytical re Soviet history. My two degrees in History say: "Great"

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    • Matthew
    • 05/05/2015

    Introductory to Early Uprising

    It's a good primer for sure, wanting to know more about early communist uprising. This is a good start. I enjoyed it.

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    • Crystal Nelson
    • 14/09/2021

    Great

    My dad has a master degree in Russian history and we talk about it at dinner time, when I tell him what I learn from the Great Courses.

    It's very detail. Some people think this course should talk about Putin. It doesn't need to. Putin has nothing to do with the fall of the Soviet Union. Soviet Union collapse was happen because of Gorbachev's decision.

    This course doesn't need to talk about Communist Germany or Cuba, or North or South Korea as some suggested because it has nothing to do with Soviet Union.

    This course is about how Russia became the Soviet Russia and how it collapse. I don't know why some think this course has to go off topic This course talks about the poor choices of Nicholas the Second, because of his choices Russia became the Soviet Union.

    Now, I know why my Russian friend who is now an American tells me nothing in Russia has change. The Russians haven't learned their lesson. And you will understand why. From the politics during Nicolas's time.

    I suggest people after getting done listening to this course to do more reading on the Soviet Russia if they want more information.

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    • Terrapin Thunder
    • 05/08/2021

    Fascinating subject, but comes up short

    This is just Ok

    The subject is fascinating, so this series of lectures should have been better than it was. And while I do believe this series is still worth listening to, there were some issues that we very hard to ignore:

    To begin with, a word of warning: although the Audible release date is 2013, these lectures were actually recorded about 1995-96 (Yeltsin was still in power when this series ends) so the discussion of post-communist Russia is hopelessly out-of-date. An update is badly needed.

    The discussions of the Lenin and Stalin periods were pretty good, if basic, but there was a sharp decline after that. For some inexplicable reason, the lecturer virtually ignores the Brezhnev era. Incredibly, that entire period, almost two decades, is glossed over in a small portion of just one lecture. Very disappointing, given all that occurred in those years.

    Although Professor Hamburg is clearly knowledgeable, he is also very opinionated and his personal views color too much of the material he delivers. Indeed, the final lecture, which is billed as a discussion about post-communist Russia, is essentially an anti-Yeltsin rant. There is undoubtedly plenty to criticize about Yeltsin, but this was supposed to be an academic lecture series, not an editorial.

    Having said all that, the subject matter alone makes this worth the time.

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    • Denis Kravchenko
    • 29/06/2021

    Dated and superficial

    Story ends in 1995. Note, this course is a review, there is very little detail or analysis of causes. You can find much more comprehensive work.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 17/08/2017

    Not quite up to date, but still good.

    Over all a good lecture. Sadly it's from the middle of the 90s, so I guess it's not quite up to date.

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    • Dr.Ewald
    • 14/04/2018

    Interesting topic but should be more objective

    I am much more knowledgeable now, but the speaker seemed sometimes to be emotionally involved and create preemptive evaluations that did not sound altogether objective. On the bottom line, I liked it.