The Russian Revolution: A Very Short Introduction provides an analytical narrative of the main events and developments in Soviet Russia between 1917 and 1936. What impact did the revolution have on society as a whole—on different classes, ethnic groups, the army, men and women, and youth? How was it that one structure of domination was replaced by another? Political developments during this tumultuous period sit firmly in the context of massive economic, social, and cultural change. Since the fall of Communism there has been much reflection on the significance of the Russian Revolution. Is there an alternative interpretation to the currently influential, liberal one, one that sees the revolution as rooted in the contradictions of a backward society that sought modernization and enlightenment and ended in political tyranny?