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Stalinism : Russian and Western Views at the Turn of the Millenium - John L. H. Keep


Russian and Western Views at the Turn of the Millenium

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Stalinism surveys the efforts made in recent years by professional historians, in Russia and the West, to better understand what really went on in the USSR between 1929 and 1953, when the country's affairs were shrouded in secrecy.

The opening of the Soviet archives in 1991 has led to a profusion of historical studies, whose strengths and weaknesses are assessed here impartially though not uncritically. While Joseph Stalin now emerges as a less omnipotent figure than he seemed to be at the time, most serious writers accept that the system over which he ruled was despotic and totalitarian. Some nostalgic nationalists in Russia, along with some Western post-modernists, disagree. Their arguments are carefully dissected here. Stalinism was of course much more than state sponsored terror, and so due attention is paid to a wide range of socio-economic and cultural problems. Keep and Litvin applaud the efforts of Soviet citizens to express dissenting views.

Industry Reviews

'Keep constantly seeks to draw attanetion to what has been found by historians, traditional and postmodernist alike, while maintaining a running debate with the postmodernist writers. This produces an informative and interesting text. Anyone seeking a guide to recent writing in these areas will find much of interest.' - Michael Ellamn, IRSH

The outpouring of articles and books on Stalin and Stalinism is ongoing. This book offers a well-informed survey of recent work in this area in four areas. In view of the central importance of Stalinism in the twentieth century this is undoubtedly a useful project.' - Michael Ellman, IRSH

Coping with the legacy of Stalinism : recent Russian writingp. 1
Sourcesp. 3
Stalin's biographyp. 32
Assessing Stalin's role as leaderp. 48
Terrorp. 58
Foreign policyp. 77
Wrestling with revisionism : recent Western writing on Stalinismp. 87
Old controversies, new approachesp. 89
'A peculiar new state' : politics and governmentp. 101
Adventures in social history : peasants and workersp. 121
'It's woman's world' : gender studies and daily lifep. 138
Captive minds : faith, science, historyp. 152
'Koba and dread' : repression and terrorp. 169
No longer a riddle? : aspects of Soviet foreign policyp. 192
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ISBN: 9780415351096
ISBN-10: 041535109X
Series: Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st January 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1