Stalin

Stalin

Volume 1, Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928

eBook - 2014
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In this magnificent new biography of Stalin, Kotkin rejects the inherited wisdom about Stalin's psychological makeup, showing us instead how Stalin's near paranoia was fundamentally political, and closely tracks the Bolshevik revolution's structural paranoia, the predicament of a Communist regime in an overwhelmingly capitalist world, surrounded and penetrated by enemies. At the same time, Kotkin demonstrates the impossibility of understanding Stalin's momentous decisions outside of the context of the tragic history of imperial Russia.
Publisher: [New York] :, Penguin Group USA,, 2014.
ISBN: 9780698170100
0698170105
Branch Call Number: ELECTRONIC RESOURCE
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Paradoxes of power, 1878-1928

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Dalex_64
Sep 15, 2015

This has to be the definitive book on the man (up to 1928). It is also
a history of Russia and a history
of Bolshevism, up close. I think it
is masterful work of scholarship,
and well-written.

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trotter73
Aug 31, 2015

Poor cobbler's son; seminarian; reinvents himself as a revolutionary; leader of a group of zealots; takes control of the country.

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