Without Communism, is Russia likely to experience a suburban boom in the late 20th and 21st centuries like the US experienced?

Futurist

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May 2014
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#82
BTW, what screwed over Russia in 1941 was that France was already knocked out of the war. Is that still going to be the case in this scenario? After all, I certainly don't see a non-Bolshevik Russia signing an M-R-style pact with Germany.
 

Isleifson

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Aug 2013
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Not according to Shirer who wrote that Germany lacked a big middle class "which in other nations was the backbone of democracy."

I don't know this gentleman, but i am fluent in German and I read the German historian. However it is truth that this middle class always hat to bow in front of the Prussian military cast.



It was said that "fascism was a doctrine for middle class failures, who were terrified of drifting back into the ranks of the proletariat."
Well, that is very basic sociology - in fact kitchen sociology. Plus fascist and nazi are nor really the same.
 
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starman

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Jan 2014
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#84
BTW, what screwed over Russia in 1941 was that France was already knocked out of the war.
Russia withstood Barbarossa albeit at high cost. In WWI Russia was beaten despite a western front all along. In WWII it gained the upper hand despite relatively little ground fighting in the west for three years.

After all, I certainly don't see a non-Bolshevik Russia signing an M-R-style pact with Germany.
To that point, in 1939, the nazis and communists hated one another, but pragmatism still won. In the likely event a democratic Russia was unprepared for war, tied down fighting Japan, or if the country was in the midst of a tsar vs reformers civil war, a nonaggression pact would've been even more advisable than it had been for Stalin. Even Churchill admitted it was "realistic in a high degree."
 
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