By Michael McFaul, Kathryn Stoner-Weiss
This number of essays is derived from a convention convened at Princeton collage marking the ten-year anniversary of the cave in of the Soviet Union. the superior minds in post-Soviet reports fascinated about the duty of deciding on how the post-communist event with transition has proven or confounded traditional theories of political and monetary improvement. the result's a wealthy array of writings interpreting important features of the transitional decade following the Soviet cave in and the comparative classes realized.
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He hesitated for a moment. There was an uneasy silence. I felt the beating of my heart. Comrade Chicherin and I stood without taking our eyes from the tape. Slowly the letters began to appear: “But as we are aware that there is hunger in Russia, we ask you to divert the bread which you are prepared to sacrifice for the German revolution to the benefit of the hungry in Russia. ” I saw the face of the old textile woman worker of the Prokhorov plant who, despite her hungry children at home, willingly sacrificed a piece of bread in order to help the German brothers.
After the suppression of the Spartacists, then, there was a genuine sense of optimism in Germany that matters might finally take a turn for the better, and that the Paris peace conference would offer Germany a chance, after the domestic chaos of the preceding months, to become a normal member of the European community. The reservations to Wilson’s Fourteen Points demanded by Britain and France, and agreed to by Wilson (on freedom of the seas, and the right for civilian damage to be included in the reparations), now appeared minor in nature, given the difficulties of the preceding months.
21 In the section on the internal conditions of the state, the recent murder of the relatively moderate Bavarian socialist leader, 34 Making Common Cause Eisner, was viewed as being the sign for the start of the “second” revolution; the details of how to execute the revolution to a successful conclusion were believed to be directed by Radek. The revolution was viewed as being in reaction to the tendencies of the right-wing Nationalist forces in Germany, and the potential for the revolutionary mentality to persist in Germany could last for years—unless the army ensured that the internal stability of Germany was secured.