Stalin Years: The Soviet Union, 1929-53

Overview

The collapse of the USSR, the end of the Cold War and the opening of the Soviet archives have transformed both what is known about the events of the Stalin period and the historian's perspective. Published 50 years after his death, this revised and expanded second edition looks at the entire period of Stalin's rule and includes chapters on ideology, politics, economic development, social change, the nationalities, culture and external relations (including World War II) and the Great Terror. The interpretation ...
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Overview

The collapse of the USSR, the end of the Cold War and the opening of the Soviet archives have transformed both what is known about the events of the Stalin period and the historian's perspective. Published 50 years after his death, this revised and expanded second edition looks at the entire period of Stalin's rule and includes chapters on ideology, politics, economic development, social change, the nationalities, culture and external relations (including World War II) and the Great Terror. The interpretation stresses the connnection between internal and external policy and the influence of ideology on both. Mawdsley includes many primary resources, which provide insights into the Stalin era. Some of these are important theoretical or propaganda documents which are re-published here together for the first time in many years. Others are secret items from the Russian archives that have only become available since late 1980s.
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The author (affiliation unspecified) triangulates the 24-year Stalin dictatorship from several perspectives: how his regime fit into the 74-year Communist era in Russia, the relation of Stalinism to the Bolshevik revolution and Lenin's brand of Marxism ("the revolution betrayed" per Trotsky), the historical reasons behind Stalinism, and whether Stalin's successors such as Khrushchev and Gorbachev represented discontinuity from his system as claimed. The analysis is based on 19 primary documents and more recent English-language works. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Distributed in the US by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719063770
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 9/6/2003
  • Series: New Frontiers in History Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,007,157
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Evan Mawdsley is Professor of International History at the University of Glasgow.

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Table of Contents

The Dictatorship of the Proletariat: Stalinism and Politics
• 'Catch Up and Overtake': Stalinism and the Economy
• Peasants, Workers, Intelligentsia: Stalinism and Society
• Socialist Realism: Stalinism and Culture
• The Unbreakable Union: Stalinism and the Nationalities
• The Two Camps: Stalinism and the Outside World
• The Terror: Stalinism and Repression

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