Bukharin and the Bolshevik Revolution: A Political Biography, 1888-1938

Bukharin and the Bolshevik Revolution: A Political Biography, 1888-1938 By Stephen F. Cohen, Bukharin and the Bolshevik Revolution A Political Biography This classic biography carefully traces Bukharin s rise to and fall from power focusing particularly on the development of his theories and programmatic ideas during the critical period between Lenin
  • Title: Bukharin and the Bolshevik Revolution: A Political Biography, 1888-1938
  • Author: Stephen F. Cohen
  • ISBN: 9780195026979
  • Page: 329
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bukharin and the Bolshevik Revolution: A Political Biography, 1888-1938 By Stephen F. Cohen, This classic biography carefully traces Bukharin s rise to and fall from power, focusing particularly on the development of his theories and programmatic ideas during the critical period between Lenin s death in 1924 and the ascendancy of Stalin in 1929.
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      Stephen Frand Cohen is professor emeritus of Russian studies at Princeton University and New York University.

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    1. The bulk of this book is a history of the USSR s New Economic Policy from its initiation in 1921 until its abrupt termination at the end of 1929 The NEP was a policy formulated largely by Lenin and Bukharin which tried to lead the USSR through a market based transition to socialism With this history, told from Bukharin s perspective, Stephen Cohen makes two very important arguments First, he shows how Lenin, Bukharin, and the vast majority of the Bolsheviks planned out a peaceful transition to s [...]


    2. Cohen s acclaimed biography of the man Lenin named the favorite of the Party and Stalin shot as a traitor is a must for all interested in Soviet history and the triumph of Stalinism An excellent example of academic writing.


    3. Of course, this books deserves the praise that critics have heaped upon it since its publication in 1971 I can think of no other history of Soviet politics up to Bukharin s execution in 1938 that even approaches it in completeness and clarity The outlines of that history are immediately evident, and one can consult other works for all the details.I do have one criticism of the book, however In his introduction Cohen writes The real question is whether either of these party leaders Trotsky and Bu [...]


    4. Not realizing it, I read this book twice in 2011 and 2012 , and even wrote two reviews The five stars was my first review I would have given it four the second time around Review 1 Every era inevitably reexamines and rewrites history That is especially true with accounts of the Soviet Union, where there are huge differences depending on whether a book was written before or after the Iron Curtain s collapse Today, most histories stress the continuity between Lenin and Stalin, and the bloodiness a [...]


    5. The Author was my teacher on a course on Russia in college An interesting look at the power stuggle between party members with the power vacuum left by lenin


    6. The Gospel According to Cohen After forty years, Stephen F Cohen s Bukharin and the Bolshevik Revolution a Political Biography remains a supreme document of Soviet history and a triumphant act of revisionist history Cohen writes a linear history of the life of Nikolai Bukharin, the Bolshevik Party s most brilliant theorist, while supplementing the narrative with Bukharin s intellectual engagements with the Soviet Union as it develops.Cohen divides his study in ten chapters, roughly beginning wit [...]


    7. C 4 U 3 P 4 A 3This will be pretty dry if you don t enjoy the vagaries of early Bolshevik theoretics And knowledge of the contemporary political situation is assumed That said, Cohen makes a strong case for Bukharin s rehabilitation as a major object of historical interest And by taking seriously Bukharin s sociological contributions to Marxist leninism, he shed light on how, exactly, top bolsheviks rationalized some of the glaring contradictions their revolutionary project produced Bukharin s [...]


    8. Cohen lays out not only a biography in the narrow term but a history of the time and place in which Bukharin lived It functions as a critique of the approach of Lenin towards economic policies before the revolution, which Lenin wrote off almost completely It allows for a new understanding of the original Bolshevik dialectal unity of theory and practice that would be ruptured by Stalin during the first five year plan, where practice would use theory as a rubber stamp for the outcomes of what woul [...]


    9. This is a stunning book remarkable research went into its preparation The writing is excellent The subject matter and subject of the biography are fascinating and meaningful about how Stalinism developed in opposition to Bukharin s entirely different intentions and theory about how to build communism I never encountered the name or story of Nikolai Bukharin in my history studies in high school or college I am glad I have now, and I will read of this man and the story of the development of the U [...]


    10. If I was Bolshevik, I would want to be this pimp Party theorist, charismatic, womanizer, economic guru, and creator of the NEP, and the last true Bolshevik Also, he lasted longer than most of the original members of the revolution so that helps Damn Stalin and his Show Trials I highly recommend this book for those wanting to know about being a pimp in a Russian revolution.


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