The Stalin Years

The Stalin Years

by Evan Mawdsley
     
 

The Stalin Years is a penetrating and up-to-date account of one of the most dramatic aspects of twentieth-century history. 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. This book looks at the entire period and

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The Stalin Years is a penetrating and up-to-date account of one of the most dramatic aspects of twentieth-century history. 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. This book looks at the entire period and includes chapters on ideology, politics, economic development, social change, nationalities, culture and external relations; the final chapter deals with the unique and much debated Great Terror. The clear interpretation stresses the intimate connection between internal and external policy.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780719046001
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Series:
New Frontiers in History Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.53(d)

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