Stalin Years: A Reader

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Christopher Read takes students through the history of the Stalin years, covering the key points of his rule from the late 1920s to the post-war years, using post-Soviet articles which provide more balanced and scholarly assessments of the leader's time in power. 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.

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"This is a very welcome, interesting, and useful addition to the literature on Stalin and the Stalinist system. It will make available a diverse selection of material. The material contributed by the editor is also very useful: clearly written, balanced and yet also provocative in places. It provides an excellent introduction to the historiography, and importantly locates it in the wider historical, cultural, and political context of its time." -- Mark Sandle, De Montfort University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333963432
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/19/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Read is Professor of History, University of Warwick.

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Table of Contents

Stalin's Life and Times
Part I: Main Currents of Interpretation of Stalin and the Stalin Years
• During Stalin's Lifetime
• The Rise of Revisionism
• Perestroika and After
Part II: Cultural Revolution
• Social Modernization
• The Modernization of Russian Motherhood 1917-37--E.Waters
• Towards the 'New Soviet Person': The Assault on Religion
• The 1929 Congress of the Godless--D.Peris
Part III: Industrialization and Collectivization
• The Drive to Industrialize
• Building the 'Soviet Detroit': The Construction of the Nizhnii Novgorod Automobile Factory, 1927-1932--K.Schulz
• The Assault on the Peasantry
• Stalin, Grain Stocks and the Famine of 1932-1933--S.Wheatcroft, M.Tauger & R.W.Davies
Part IV: The Great Terror
• Why Did the Terror Take Place?
• The Objectives of the 'Great Terror'--O.Khlevnyuk
• The Purges in the Provinces
• How the Mice Buried the Cat: Scenes from the Great Purges of 1937 in the Russian Provinces--S.Fitzpatrick
Part V: The Great Fatherland War
• Soviet Women at War--J.Erickson
Part VI: The Final Years
• The Cold War
• Moscow and the Marshall Plan: Politics, Ideology and the Onset of the Cold War, 1947--G.Roberts
• Stalin's Dictatorship in the Final Years
• Stalin's Cabinet: the Politburo and Decision Making in the Post-War Years--Y.Gorlizki
Part VII: Some Reflections on Stalinism
• Stalinism as a Civilization
• Stalinism as a Civilization--S.Kotkin
• The Emerging Picture: Some Concluding Thoughts

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