Stalin

Stalin

Volume 1, Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928

Book - 2014
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In his 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 posits the impossibility of understanding Stalin's momentous decisions outside of the context of the history of imperial Russia.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2014
ISBN: 9781594203794
1594203792
Branch Call Number: 947.0842 STALIN KOTKIN V.1
Characteristics: xiii, 949 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
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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