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This profile looks at how Stalin, despite being regarded as intellectually inferior by his rivals, managed to rise to power and rule the largest country in the world, achievieving divine-like status as a dictator.

Through recently uncovered research material and Stalin’s archives in Moscow, Kuromiya analyzes how and why Stalin was a rare, even unique, politician who literally lived by politics alone. He analyses how Stalin understood psychology campaigns well and how he used this understanding in his political reign and terror. Kuromiya provides a convincing, concise and up-to-date analysis of Stalin’s political life.

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Editorial Reviews

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Kuromiya's Stalin is a masterful and concise account, impressively researched, clearly written, poised and persuasive in its analysis.

Professor Orlando Figes, Birkbeck College, University of London.

Professor Kuromiya is fully steeped in the new sources and fresh historiography of the fearsome dictator. He makes ample use of his earlier pioneering research on Soviet history as well as new documents declassified from the Soviet archives. [This] is the best short biography of Stalin that we have.

Professor Norman M. Naimark, Stanford University.

“This book provides such knowledge and deserves to be widely read. Many readers will learn a lot from it. Students on many courses will find it valuable”.

Michael Ellman, Amsterdam University

“Thoughtful, balanced and accessible. A welcome addition to the literature on the general secretary, as it combines a persuasive, flexible thesis with a terse, thorough and up-to-date accounting of Stalin’s career”.

David Brandenberger, University of Richmond

Europe-Asia Studies
This new biography of Stalin ... deserves to be widely read. Many readers will learn a lot from it. Students on many courses will find it valuable.
—Michael Ellman
The American Historical Review
...combines a persuasive, flexible thesis with a terse, thorough, and up-to-date accounting of Stalin's career ... Thoughtful, balanced, and accessible, Kuromiya's biography is well suited for classroom use.
—David Brandenberger
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780582784796
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/20/2005
  • Series: Profiles In Power Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 246
  • Sales rank: 1,421,332
  • Product dimensions: 5.17 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Educated in Japan and US, Hiroaki Kuromiya worked as a research fellow at King's College, Cambridge, 1986-1990 . He ahs worked on the period of Stalin's rule for nearly thirty years. His previous publications include, Stalin's Industrial Revolution: Politics and Workers, 1928-1932 (1988) and Freedom and Terror in the Donbas : A Ukrainian-Russian Borderland, 1870s-1990s (1998).

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Table of Contents

1. From Georgia to Russia 2. Revolutions and Civil War 3. Struggle for Power 4. 'Revolution from Above' 5. Famine and Terror 6. War 7. Gotterdammerung

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