Introduction Revolutionary identity
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The 1920s are popularly known as a Golden Age in Russia-eight short years after the end of the civil war and before Stalin’s revolution from above. Much admired in both Soviet, post-Soviet Russian and Western historiography, the period of New Economic Policy has been seen as an alternative to Stalinism. The 1920s have been hailed as an example of at least one period in Soviet history which was a success, in economics, politics, and especially in terms of culture.