Cover Osteuropa 8-10/2016

In Osteuropa 8-10/2016
Teil des Lesepaket Geschichtswissenschaft

Modernisation through mobilisation
Excesses of violence, technological upheavals and tactical retreats in the early Soviet Union

Klaus Gestwa

Deutsche Fassung


The early Soviet Union was a world of highly promising, often imported adventures in technology, heroic labour and overpowering mobilisation. The uneven development of the Bolshevist dictatorship of modernisation emerged from a sequence of desperate forward flight and tactical retreats. From a historical perspective, what most stands out is the violent and fragmented nature of the Soviet modern age.

(Osteuropa 8-10/2016, pp. 11–48)