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Author Satter, David, 1947-

Title It was a long time ago, and it never happened anyway : Russia and the communist past / David Satter
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [2012]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 383 pages)
Contents The statue of Dzerzhinsky -- Efforts to remember -- Butovo and Kommunarka -- St. Petersburg -- The appeal of communism -- The responsibility of the state -- The trial of the communist party -- Moral choice under totalitarianism -- The roots of the communist idea -- Symbols of the past -- History -- The shadow of Katyn -- Vorkuta -- The odyssey of Andrei Poleshchuk
Summary "Satter explores the moral and spiritual crisis of Russian society. He shows how it is possible for a government to deny the inherent value of its citizens and for the population to agree, and why so many Russians actually mourn the passing of the Soviet regime that denied them fundamental rights. Through a wide-ranging consideration of attitudes toward the living and the dead, the past and the present, the state and the individual, Satter arrives at a distinctive and important new way of understanding the Russian experience."--Publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-364) and index
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Subject Stalin, Joseph, 1878-1953.
Soviet Union. Komitet gosudarstvennoĭ bezopasnosti -- History.
Soviet Union. Narodnyĭ komissariat vnutrennikh del -- History.
Kommunisticheskai͡a partii͡a Sovetskogo Soi͡uza -- History.
Atrocities -- Soviet Union -- History.
Atrocities -- Soviet Union -- Public opinion.
Communism -- Soviet Union -- History.
Communism -- Soviet Union -- Public opinion.
Public opinion -- Russia (Federation)
USSR -- History -- 1925-1953.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2011022685
ISBN 0300178425 (electronic bk.)
9780300178425 (electronic bk.)