Western Marxism and the Soviet Union
A Survey of Critical Theories and Debates Since 1917
Western Marxism and the Soviet Union is a wide-ranging survey of debates about the nature of the Soviet Union.
The “Russian Question” was an absolutely central problem for Marxism in the twentieth century. Numerous attempts were made to understand the nature of Soviet society. Here van der Linden describes the development of these theoretical contributions since 1917. The only book of its kind, this collection also features an exhaustive bibliography.
Part of the Historical Materialism Book Series.
“The amount of sources the author has studied is staggering...the book [has] an encyclopedic value and [is] accessible to all scholars interested in political history.”
—Martin Kragh, Stockholm School of Economics
“Since the Russian experience is still used to vilify the idea of socialism, the debate remains relevant. Van der Linden…has now produced a comprehensive scholarly account of the arguments.”
—Ian Birchall, London Socialist Historians Group