The ebb and flow of debate about Stalin's Russia is captured in this account, which conceptualizes the field clearly, offering a synthesis of the secondary literature in the area, and also providing the author's own evaluation of the key issues. This edition takes into account the new opportunities afforded to historians - both Russian and Western - by the collapse of communism and the greater availability to researchers of archival sources. It acknowledges the various problems and perspectives in interpretation that have emerged since the end of the Soviet Union, and now includes a chapter on Stalin's foreign policy.
"Students will find it particularly useful... more experienced scholars will find a fresh and unhackneyed approach... I particularly liked the way in which short-term circumstances and much larger impersonal forces are brought together in a convincing synthesis."--S"lavonica"