A Century of State Murder?

A Century of State Murder?

Death and Policy in Twentieth-century Russia

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A fascinating demographic study of Russian society through the 20th century, challenging conventional views on key political events to create a different political landscape.,

McMillan Palgrave
Russia has one of the lowest rates of adult life expectancy in the world. Average life expectancy for a man in America is 74; in Russia, it is just 59. Birth rates and population levels have also plummeted. These excess levels of mortality affect all countries that formed the former Soviet bloc. Running into many millions, they raise obvious comparisons with the earlier period of forced transition under Stalin. This book seeks to put the recent history of the transition into a longer-term perspective by identifying, explaining and comparing the pattern of change in Russia in the last century. It offers a sharp challenge to the conventional wisdom and benign interpretations offered in the west of what has happened since 1991. Through a careful survey of the available primary and secondary sources, Mike Haynes and Rumy Husan have produced the first and most complete and accurate account of Russian demographic crisis from the Revolution to the present.

Book News
The unfairness of society gives rise to the unfairness of death and in patterns of death we can measure the contested inequalities of the life of a society. Explicitly rejecting the project of The Black Book of Communism , which imputed as many deaths as possible in an effort to discredit the idea of socialism, the authors argue that "posing the issue in terms of two alternatives inevitably legitimizes one at the expense of the other." They review demographic statistics from Russia over the course of the entire 20th century, connecting excess deaths to issues of state policy and class division. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: London ; Sterling, Va. : Pluto Press, 2003
ISBN: 9780585488592
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiv, 265 pages) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Hasan, Rumy


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