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Since the fall of Communism there has been much reflection on the significance of the Russian Revolution. The book rejects the currently influential, liberal interpretation of the revolution in favour of one that sees it as rooted in the contradictions of a backward society which sought modernization and enlightenment and ended in political tyranny.
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After October the lamentable level of industrial productivity plunged still further as a result of wear-and-tear on machinery, supply problems and the fall in labour intensity, which was itself due to poor diet, absenteeism brought on by the search for food and the necessity of working on the side and, not least, by the breakdown in labour discipline. It had all the elements of a coup — albeit one much advertised in the press — except for the fact that a coup implies the seizure of a functioning state machine. Stock photo. But some things are just irreducibly complex. Yet the battle against private trade was never consistent, since the government knew that without it townsfolk would starve.
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