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What historians do you recommend to learn about the Soviet Union? For that matter, what books specifically would you recommend if there are specific ones you like.



trotsky's history of the russian revolution



If you want to learn about the Russian Revolution, the gold standard is the History of the Russian Revolution by Trotsky. Additionally, Trotsky's Lessons of October is a shorter piece that makes puts the victory of the Bolsheviks in it's proper political context and makes clear that it was a genuine struggle Lenin had to lead to win the RSDLP(b) over to taking power in the first place when he returned from exile.

There's also John Reed's 10 Days that Shook the World that's good for the Russian Revolution, the movie Tsar to Lenin, the movie Reds (about John Reed's life).


Post revolution, the fight between the Left Opposition and the Stalinists is really essential to understanding the whole course of what happened in the Soviet Union, how it degenerated, and ultimately the counterrevolution in 1991. Again, Trotsky is your best bet, and Third International After Lenin and Revolution Betrayed are very good.





Which periods?


All of it.


File: 1693752911054.pdf (182.13 KB, 197x255, ACFB07.pdf)

You'll want to read the Economic Problems note the name.

.pdf is an intro to the text pulled from the sources of wikipedia I skimmed and deemed useful for you.

Link to the actual text.


Post >>18236 in the debunk thread has a wide list of sources anon, enjoy.


Also here, history of the Soviets/Bolsheviks between 1917 and 1924. Not perfect but a fairly decent set of books


Famine of 1932 some basic reading, the first pdf is the most important.


Soviet Democracy by Pat Sloan (I used to talk regularly with his son).
And Anne Louise Strong's dismissal of the claim of "Dictatorship"

Pdf 3 is also related to the 1932 famine.


Does anyone have any good sources on War Communism? I just want to learn the philosophy behind it and how it was implemented, and its faults and successes.


Economic History of the USSR provides a good overview of the entire period.

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