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The Stalin Years: A Reader
     

The Stalin Years: A Reader

by Christopher Read, Christopher Read
 

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ISBN-10: 0333963431

ISBN-13: 9780333963432

Pub. Date: 03/19/2003

Publisher: Macmillan Education UK

Ever since his rise to power Stalin has been a controversial figure. From the hatred of his Trotsky-supporting contemporaries to the uncritical adulation of present-day followers in Russia and his native land of Georgia, he has stirred passions and arguments. Traditionally, scholars, too, have been equally divided into totalitarians and revisionists. Despite the

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Ever since his rise to power Stalin has been a controversial figure. From the hatred of his Trotsky-supporting contemporaries to the uncritical adulation of present-day followers in Russia and his native land of Georgia, he has stirred passions and arguments. Traditionally, scholars, too, have been equally divided into totalitarians and revisionists. Despite the differences, however, one feature has remained constant: the vast majority of views of Stalin have been highly politically charged. In this collection of cutting-edge research, Christopher Read guides the reader through the turbulent history of the Stalin years using post-Soviet articles which provide more balanced and scholarly assessments of the leader's time in power. The essays examine not only Stalin's central role and the key points of his rule from the late 1920s to the postwar years, but also look at Russian society as a whole. Taken together with Read's own contributions, which include an up-to-date historiographic survey, they constitute a complex and dynamic history of the central features of a terrible era. Containing a helpful glossary and a chronology of the life and times of Stalin, this indispensable volume will be the first recourse for all those with an interest in the debates surrounding Stalin's Russia.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780333963432
Publisher:
Macmillan Education UK
Publication date:
03/19/2003
Edition description:
2002
Pages:
241
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgementsx
Glossaryxii
Notes on the Contributorsxvi
Stalin's Life and Timesxvii
IMain Currents of Interpretation of Stalin and the Stalin Years1
During Stalin's Lifetime1
Cold War, the Death of Stalin and the Rise of the Totalitarian Thesis9
The Rise of Revisionism13
Perestroika and After16
IICultural Revolution23
Social Modernization23
1'The Modernization of Russian Motherhood, 1917-37'25
Towards the 'New Soviet Person': the Assault on Religion38
2'The 1929 Congress of the Godless'41
IIIIndustrialization and Collectivization66
The Drive to Industrialize66
3'Building the "Soviet Detroit": the Construction of the Nizhnii-Novgorod Automobile Factory, 1927-32'70
The Assault on the Peasantry83
4'Stalin, Grain Stocks and the Famine of 1932-3'86
IVThe Great Terror102
Why Did the Terror Take Place?102
5'The Objectives of the Great Terror, 1937-87'104
The Purges in the Provinces119
6'How the Mice Buried the Cat: Scenes from the Great Purges of 1937 in the Russian Provinces'121
VThe Great Fatherland War145
7'Soviet Women at War'148
VIThe Final Years169
The Cold War169
8'Moscow and the Marshall Plan: Politics, Ideology and the Onset of the Cold War, 1947'170
Stalin's Dictatorship in the Final Years189
9'Stalin's Cabinet: the Politburo and Decision Making in the Postwar Years'192
VIISome Reflections on Stalinism213
Stalinism as a Civilization213
10'Stalinism as a Civilization'213
The Emerging Picture: Some Concluding Thoughts225
Bibliography231
Index236

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