Pipes Russian Revolution Analysis

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Richard Edward Pipes is a Polish raised American citizen with a long history of Russian publications from a western liberal-conservative lens.[footnoteRef:1] An extreme loyalist to the anti-communist movement, he has three publications relevant to this week?s discussion. He began with the historically significant publications of The Russian Revolution and A Concise History of the Russian Revolution that were followed during the revisionist period with Three "Whys" of the Russian Revolution. He openly acknowledges the influence on his objectivity by living in post Russian revolution Poland in several of his publications. [1: . Http://, "Historian: Richard Pipes," Russian Revolution, 2015, accessed November 08, 2016,…show more content…
core beliefs as to the influences on the Russian revolution and the foundation of communism as well as his position towards the revisionist historians. Pipes write that the revolution and communism were the result of the manipulation by the powerful and the minority. Once established, the leadership believed that history has spoken and it was the communist parties duty to fulfill the full course of change.[footnoteRef:2] This position he further advances to state that there is no accurate history following the rise of communism. His inarguable theory is that the government created whatever economic, social, political, and religious history it needed in order to maintain its status and promote Russia. He asserts that both sequences were manipulated by the powerful.[footnoteRef:3] This is his main argument against what he mocks as ?the so called revisionist historian?. There cannot be a revisionist opinion because there is no accurate social history, only a thicket of half-truths, quarter truths, and outright lies.[footnoteRef:4] [2: . Richard Pipes, Three ?WHYS? of The Russian Revolution (New York: Random House, 1997), 5.] [3: . Ibid 4,5 ] [4: . Ibid 2…show more content…
Suny however, fails to discuss, address, or even attempt to explain the fundamental bases of Pipes? theory. Pipes theories are based on one aspect that the primary data for social interpretations is flawed and fabricated. After 70 years of communist manipulation of the truth, how can the data be verified. How, as historians, can we challenge the primary data and compare against itself if it is in fact not verifiable? This inarguable theory is the basis for his refusal to accept revisionist theory. This concept in itself is inarguable because the archives were closed to all but the communist party and the flow of information was
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