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Robust Revolution to Retiring Revolution: The Life Cycle of the Soviet Revolution, 1945-1968

Front Cover of The Slavonic and East European Review
The Slavonic and East European Review
Apr 2008

“Robust Revolution to Retiring Revolution: The Life Cycle of the Soviet Revolution, 1945-1968,” Slavonic and East European Review (April 2008): 208-231

The article addresses the three institutional pillars of the Soviet polity - political order of a single-party dictatorship with the distinctive feature of party-state bifurcation, economic order of non-market, non-private property economy, and a system of mass state terror - and the way they coped with particular circumstances between 1945 and 1968, especially the Second World War, the profound change in its composition (i.e., the renunciation of the mass terror), changes in the supreme leadership, generational change and interactions with the outside world.