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Let History Judge : The Origins and Consequences of Stalinism - Roy Medvedev

Let History Judge

The Origins and Consequences of Stalinism

By: Roy Medvedev, George H. Shriver (Translator)

Paperback Published: 12th July 1989
ISBN: 9780231063517
Number Of Pages: 891
For Ages: 22+ years old

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The most comprehensive and revealing investigation of Stalinism and political developments in the Soviet Union from 1922-1953, this edition is an extensively revised and expanded version of a classic work. Internationally known historian Roy Medvedev has included more than one-hundred new interviews, unpublished memoirs, and archives from survivors of Stalin's death camps. This updated version of a classic work was written during a time of great change in the Soviet Union. With the advent of "perestroika" and "glasnost, " more progressive leadership has sought to demolish the Stalinist system which had finally crippled the Soviet Union and incited public discontent.

"Let History Judge" contains new material on: purges in 1929-1931 and terror against the peasantry, the Kirov assasination and show trials, the "great terror" from 1936-1938 which caused irreparable damage to the Soviet Union and left it vulnerable for Hilter's attack in 1941, the trial of Bukharin, Trotsky's revolutionary activity and Stalin's involvement with his murder in Mexico, Stalin's miscalculations and errors during the war which cost the Soviet Union nearly 25 million in casualties, new purges from 1946-1953, and the actual vote of the Seventeenth Congress, which decided Stalin's candidacy.

Since the first edition was finished by the author in 1969 and published in 1971, dozens of new informants have come forward to give their evidence to Roy Medvedev. Distinguished Soviet literary, cultural, and political figures like the late Alexander Twardovsky, Ilja Ehrenburg, Konstantin Simonov, Yuri Trifono, Mikhail Romm and many others have accumulated documentary records of Stalinism in anticipation of an expanded version.

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A milestone in the understanding of nearly fifty years of Russian history. -- Harrison Salisbury The New York Times Book Review

Stalin's Rise in the Party Stalin as a Party Chief
The Fight with the Opposition Stalin's Usurpation of Power, and the Great Terror Mistakes and Crimes in Collectivization and Industrialization Stalinism: Its Nature and Causes New Crimes by Stalin in the Early Thirties Some Consequences of Stalin's Personal Dictatorship
The Kirov Assassination and the Purge Trials
The Assault on Party and State Cadres, 1937-1938 Rehabilitation and Repression, 1938-1941 Illegal Methods of Investigation and Confinement
The Problem of Stalin's Responsibility Other Causes of Mass Repression Conditions Facilitating Stalin's Usurpation of Power Errors in Diplomacy and War Crimes and Mistakes in the Postwar Period The Impact of Stalinism on Science and Art Socialism and Pseudosocialism
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ISBN: 9780231063517
ISBN-10: 0231063512
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 891
Published: 12th July 1989
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.27 x 15.22  x 4.39
Weight (kg): 1.2