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Stalin in Power : The Revolution from Above, 1928-1941 - Robert C. Tucker

Stalin in Power

The Revolution from Above, 1928-1941

Paperback Published: 17th April 1992
ISBN: 9780393308693
Number Of Pages: 752

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This book forms the second volume of Tucker's biography of Stalin, the first volume of which was "Stalin as Revolutionary". The author shows that Stalin was a Bolshevik of the radical right whose revolution cast the country deep into its imperial, autocratic past. In 1929 Stalin plunged Soviet Russia into a coercive "revolution from above", a decade-long effort to amass military-industrial power for a new war. He forced 25 million peasant families into state-run collectives and transformed the Communist Party into a servile instrument. In 1939, he concluded the pact with Hitler that enabled him to grasp at Eastern Europe while Hitler made war in the West. Tucker brings a fresh analysis to these events and to the Terror of the 1930s, revealing the motives and methods of what he calls the greatest murder mystery of this century.

"Anyone who does not read Stalin in Power from cover to cover will miss the opportunity of gaining real insight into the forces that shaped the Soviet Union. This is the best book about Stalin that has ever been written and one that is not likely to be superseded in the foreseeable future." -- W. Bruce Lincoln - Chicago Tribune "Tucker writes psychobiography with tact and common sense, never letting Freud get out of hand, while his narrative holds the reader in grim fascination." -- Jane A. Taubman - Los Angeles Times "Mr. Tucker has hunted out the sources, and he has discovered and developed a great deal more than has been generally known... An extremely valuable contribution to our knowledge." -- Robert Conquest - Wall Street Journal

Introduction Toward a New Octoberp. 1
The Tsardom's Risep. 13
Lenin's Legacyp. 25
Stalin's Programp. 44
Starting the Second Revolutionp. 69
The Five-Year Plan in Four!p. 91
The Making of a Rural Upheavalp. 119
The Cult and Its Creatorp. 146
Terror and Calamity: Stalin's Octoberp. 172
Stalin's Time of Troublep. 204
The Diplomacy of Rapprochement with Germanyp. 223
The Congress of Victimsp. 238
The Coming of the Great Purgep. 271
Politics and Society in the Purge Erap. 303
Stalin and Fascismp. 338
The Forging of Autocracy Ip. 366
The Forging of Autocracyiip. 392
The Terror Processp. 441
Terror, Russian Nationalism, and Foreign Policyp. 479
The Revolution of Beliefp. 526
The Scripted Culturep. 551
Culminations, 1939-1940p. 585
The Reckoningp. 620
Notesp. 627
Bibliographyp. 671
Indexp. 685
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ISBN: 9780393308693
ISBN-10: 0393308693
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 752
Published: 17th April 1992
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 14.0  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1