The Russian Revolution(s) of 1917 was one of the most important and world-changing events of the last century. Nevertheless, there are ample writings on the subject, along with on recent cultural and economic changes in Russian history.
The Soviet Union Since 1917-1991 Martin McCauley
This is actually the second edition of an effective, not very out-of-date, research of the Soviet Union that was originally released in the eighties. Ever since the Soviet Union has collapsed and McCauley's significantly revised copy is therefore equipped to study the Union throughout its entire lifespan. The result is a book that is as crucial for political leaders and observers as it is for historians.
Three Whys of the Russian Revolution by Richard Pipes
Short, sharp and fiercely systematic, here is the book to read following a few of the longer accounts. Pipes' anticipates you to understand the information and therefore supplies little himself, focusing every word of his short publication on presenting his challenge to the socially orientated orthodoxy, using clear logic and insightful comparisons. The result is a powerful argument, but not one for novices.
A People's Tragedy by Orlando Figes
Within the occurences of 1891 to 1924, Figes' novel is a masterclass of historical authoring, combining the individual impacts of revolution with the overall political and economic effects. The outcome is huge (practically 1000 pages), but do not let that discourage you because Figes covers nearly every point with verve, technique and highly legible text. Myth breaking, scholastic, emotive and gripping, this is wonderful.
The Russian Public Debt and Financial Meltdowns
The book discusses the story of Russian finances that held a very important role in the period of Russia's change from communism to capitalism in the 1990s and in the 2000s. Andrei Vavilov
provides his observations and experiences both as a researcher and as a practitioner involved in fiscal policy and strategic decisions on state debt. He focuses on the financial meltdown of 1998, analyzing the subsequent significant effect on economic and political trends of Russia in the previous decade.
The Stalin Era by Philip Boobbyer
The 1917 revolutions may entice the most attention, but Stalin's dictatorship is a similarly essential subject for both Russian and European history. This manual is an excellent general history of the period and particular effort was made to place Stalin in context with Russia both before and after his rule, along with with Lenin.
The Russian Revolution 1917 by Rex A. Wade
Another really modern-day text, Wade's book reaches a middleground between Figes' and Pipes' with regards to length, yet pushes forward in terms of evaluation. The writer ably explains the intricate and involved character of the revolution while applying his attention to contain different techniques and nationwide groups.