Examines tensions (political, social, cultural) of, the final decades of the Romanov dynasty and, traces the collapse of the 300-year-old empire, during the First World War. Focus is largely on, the 20th century. Topics include the Russian, Revolution, "Soviet Man" (Homo Sovieticus),, Stalinism, collectivization, terror, the "Great, Patriotic War," Cold War culture, the, Sovietization of Eastern Europe, the Brezhnev era,, reforms of the Gorbachev period, the end of the, Soviet Union, and legacies for Russia and the, other successor states. Attention throughout to, gender, family, nation, and concept of the, individual in relation to the collective.