Stalin, the Russians, and Their War 1941-1945

Stalin, the Russians, and Their War 1941-1945

by Marius Broekmeyer, M. J. Broekmeyer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0299195945

ISBN-13: 9780299195946

Pub. Date: 02/15/2004

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press

    Until the advent of glasnost began to lift censorship in the Soviet Union in the mid-1980s, it was impossible for Russians in Russia to truthfully depict their own struggle against Nazi Germany. Even before World War II was over, the Soviet propaganda machine began to construct an official story: through enormous sacrifice, the Soviet

Overview

    Until the advent of glasnost began to lift censorship in the Soviet Union in the mid-1980s, it was impossible for Russians in Russia to truthfully depict their own struggle against Nazi Germany. Even before World War II was over, the Soviet propaganda machine began to construct an official story: through enormous sacrifice, the Soviet people had gloriously freed themselves and the world from fascism, raising the hammer and sickle higher than ever on the ruins of Hitler’s imperialist dreams.
    In Stalin, the Russians, and Their War, however, Marius Broekmeyer presents the testimony of Russian participants, eyewitnesses, and historians of World War II to reveal not a heroic struggle, but a war marred by catastrophes, errors, and lies. These testimonies openly discuss subjects omitted from official Soviet propaganda or glossed over in popular Western histories of the Allied victory in WWII—from purges within the Red Army and Soviet use of "punitive brigades" to the deployment of millions of poorly equipped soldiers to the front lines.
    These are authentic and often shocking first-hand accounts. Such a vivid report on the day-to-day lives of Russian soldiers, officers, and citizens during World War II does not exist anywhere else in English.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299195946
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
02/15/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introductionix
History and Documentationxiii
Part 1The Prelude
1Between Pact and War3
2War Approaches20
Part 2The War
3The Beginning of the War45
4The Mood in Moscow60
5Leningrad71
6The Tide Turns89
7The Advance to Berlin112
Part 3People and Systems
8The People133
9Repression167
10The Military183
11Ideas and Views201
12Generals and Victims216
13After the War229
Part 4A Provincial Town during and after the War
14Shadrinsk251
Abbreviations279
Sources281
Index311

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