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( Read Pdf ) Ç Soviet Tragedy: A History of Socialism in Russia å The Soviet Tragedy is an essential coda to the literature of Soviet studiesInsofar as he returns the power of ideology to its central place in Soviet history, Malia has made an enormous contribution He has written the history of a utopian illusion and the tragic consequences it had for the people of the Soviet Union and the world David Remnick, The New York Review of Books In Martin Malia, the Soviet Union had one of its most acute observers With this book, it may well have found the cornerstone of its history Francois Furet, author of Interpreting the French Revolution The Soviet Tragedy offers the most thorough scholarly analysis of the Communist phenomenon that we are likely to get for a long while to comeMalia states that his narrative is intended to substantiate the basic argument, and this is certainly an argumentative book, which drives its thesis home with hammer blows On this breathtaking journey, Malia is a witty and often brilliantly penetrating guide He has much wisdom to impart The Times Literary Supplement This is history at the high level, well deployed factually, but particularly worthwhile in the philosophical and political context at once a view and an overview The Washington Post Zor Şey Tanrı Olmak Malia has made an enormous contribution He has written the history of a utopian illusion and the tragic consequences it had for the people of the Soviet Union and the world David Remnick A Framework for Human Resource Management - Instructor's Review Copy, 5th The New York Review of Books In Martin Malia Olive the Soviet Union had one of its most acute observers With this book Il libro del riso e dell'oblio it may well have found the cornerstone of its history Francois Furet The R.A. Lafferty Fantastic MEGAPACK® author of Interpreting the French Revolution The Soviet Tragedy offers the most thorough scholarly analysis of the Communist phenomenon that we are likely to get for a long while to comeMalia states that his narrative is intended to substantiate the basic argument An Intellectual History of Cannibalism and this is certainly an argumentative book Be My Vampire Tonight which drives its thesis home with hammer blows On this breathtaking journey Sonnets for Michelangelo Malia is a witty and often brilliantly penetrating guide He has much wisdom to impart The Times Literary Supplement This is history at the high level Sonnets for Michelangelo: A Bilingual Edition well deployed factually Paradiso perduto but particularly worthwhile in the philosophical and political context at once a view and an overview The Washington Post Rather decent albeit brief summary of the life of the USSR Only criticism I have is that it didn t adequately discuss the USSR losing money by propping up their European puppet governments E Germany, Poland, etc. I normally am cautious with negative reviews, evenwhen I see that they are a minority But in this case I do think that most readers overlook major shortcomings of this book Someone else, and no one less than Ianni Kotsonis, summarized them best Re consider what you think about this book by first reading his review essay Ianni Kotsonis, The Ideology of Martin Malia, The Russian Review, Vol 58, No 1 Jan., 1999 , pp 124 130 Shorter version of similar thoughts Review by Robert Leg I normally am cautious with negative reviews, evenwhen I see that they are a minority But in this case I do think that most readers overlook major shortcomings of this book Someone else, and no one less than Ianni Kotsonis, summarized them best Re consider what you think about this book by first reading his review essay Ianni Kotsonis, The Ideology of Martin Malia, The Russian Review, Vol 58, No 1 Jan., 1999 , pp 124 130 Shorter version of similar thoughts Review by Robert Legvold, Foreign Affairs, Vol 73, No 3 May Jun., 1994 , p 166 Feel free to message me in case you don t have access to then T ko ci, zda existuje ucelen j anal za a synt za o socialismu Osobn mohu ci snad jen to, e jsem nic ucelen j ho na toto t ma ne etl Kniha je rozhodn studijn m a v deck m materi lem, nikoliv n jak m elov zabarven m politick m testamentem, z v r, ke kter mu lze lacin sklouznout p i etb jak koliv knihy z oboru spole ensk ch v d Uk zka zaj mav ho analytick ho post ehu je ne prosn logika periodick ho st d n obdob maximalistick ho socialismu, to, co je naz v no naz v no v le n T ko ci, zda existuje ucelen j anal za a synt za o socialismu Osobn mohu ci snad jen to, e jsem nic ucelen j ho na toto t ma ne etl Kniha je rozhodn studijn m a v deck m materi lem, nikoliv n jak m elov zabarven m politick m testamentem, z v r, ke kter mu lze lacin sklouznout p i etb jak koliv knihy z oboru spole ensk ch v d Uk zka zaj mav ho analytick ho post ehu je ne prosn logika periodick ho st d n obdob maximalistick ho socialismu, to, co je naz v no naz v no v le n m komunismem i, a uvoln n j pragmatickou politikou, to co komunist naz vali NEP Nov Ekonomick Politika , perestrojka i obecn ji reformn komunismus Jestli e se v kapitalistick ekonomice st daj obdob recese a konjunktury, tak komunist ve sv m centr ln zen m syst mu vlastn dosp li k t mu Od Marxe se tak m eme zhoupnout a k Hayekovi, kter periodick st d n recese a konjunktury v tr n ekonomice teoreticky vysv tlil a a koliv nemaj brut ln metody komunistick ho socialismu v tr n ekonomice obdobu, v ra v technokratick zen spole nosti vede vlastn k t mu.Zaj mav je popis Chru ovovy, Bre n vovy a Gorba ovovy ry, kter nen v tomto kontextu zdokumentov na tak, jako klasick dikt torsk ra Lenina a Stalina Popis mechanismu kolektivizace za Stalina u dnes tolik nep ekvap , ale t eba to, e se Chru ov sna il demokratizovat vzd l vac syst m zru en m koln ho na univerzit ch, zaveden pr v Stalinem, i vyhl sit povinnou desetiletou doch zku, nebo e a v roce 1956 byly zavedeny starobn d chody a to pouze pro d ln ky, pro roln ky a o 10 let pozd ji, m e na v dobytky socialismu , m tu ide lu rovnosti, a role socialismu jako syst mu, kter popoh n l kapitalistick ekonomiky v zav d n soci ln ch jistot, vn et pon kud jin sv tlo Kniha je takov mito informacemi protk na, co zpest uje jinak ne v dy snadn ten.Zaj mav je p esah z v re n kapitoly do dne n ch dn , jak si vahy na t ma k emu to cel bylo a kam n s to t eba jednou dovede Znamen to, e je maximalistick poku en jednou pro v dy za ehn no T m s jistotou nikoliv Zrovna tak lze o ek vat poku en znovu vzk sit ideu superst tu pokud by se objevil siln z jem o dajn spole n blaho.Mocn m kandid tem na roli katalyz toru je rovn u lechtil ekologick hnut , kter podle sv ch slov h j spole n , p mo planet rn z jmy lidstva proti sobeck touze po zisku a r stu ze strany boh A p li zn m m v razivem odsuzuje anarchii trhu, pr va jedince pod izuje snaze o spole n blaho, a nav c m v z loze ekopl nov nPraktick ot zky ekologie jsou z sadn prezentov ny jako mor ln a ve sv ch extr mn j ch podob ch p ech z ekologie v hnut za z chranu lidsk ho rodu Znovu v ak mus me upozornit, e zm n n probl my se zap ahuj do slu eb star zn m spasitelsk metafyziky, kter je daleko p esahuje V nedokonal m sv t m zkr tka utopie sv pevn m sto a bylo by po etil p edpokl dat, e ztroskot n nejv t utopie na eho v ku povede k z niku utopick politiky A to bylo naps no v roce 1994, kdy vy la tato kniha v origin le U it se, u it se, u it se.V I Lenin This generally excellent interpretive survey of the history of the Soviet Union is not without its flaws As other reviewers have noted, Malia s bias towards utter disdain of socialism and the Soviet Union is noticeable combined with the general tendency of historical narratives to require certain facts to be shoe horned in, there are several places where the astute reader may take exception with Malia s characterization of events Additionally, though his prose is generally highly readable, hi This generally excellent interpretive survey of the history of the Soviet Union is not without its flaws As other reviewers have noted, Malia s bias towards utter disdain of socialism and the Soviet Union is noticeable combined with the general tendency of historical narratives to require certain facts to be shoe horned in, there are several places where the astute reader may take exception with Malia s characterization of events Additionally, though his prose is generally highly readable, his diction is regularly pretentious.Ordinarily, these flaws would be enough to cause me to drop my star rating a bit I am declining to do so, however, because Malia s thesis is argued so forcefully For a dense, 520 page work of history, I could not put it down Malia argues that the basic rottenness of the Soviet system was not due to any particular circumstances of the experiment but to the failures of socialism itself He does not see Stalin as an aberration, but rather as a logical consequence of a system that requires power to be concentrated in a single set of hands for it to function Even then, as Malia demonstrates in his examination of the regimes of Kruschev, Brezhnev, and Gorbachev, it functions poorly.I read this book hoping to fill in the gaps of my knowledge of Soviet history as part of a general study of the twentieth century, not because I hoped to find ammunition to dispute the arguments of the self proclaimed socialists now ascending in Western society On the contrary Malia takes great pains to point out that mere support of a welfare state hardly qualifies one as a socialist However, having read this, I would suggest that it would make an excellent addition to the reading list of those who are inclined to socialist sympathies Though I noted his bias, Malia is hardly a socialized medicine type He was a leading expert on the Soviet Union, and this book reflects a deep understanding of that defunct empire s political and economic systems The book s epilogue on the future of socialism is notable both fornits prescience and its charitability towards a political Left with which Malia has profound disagreement The Soviet Tragedy is a great book, and beyond its merits as a work of history deserves to bewidely read as a reality check on what many are actually advocating.5 5 stars