Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928

20 November 2019 | By Stephen Kotkin | Filed in: soviet history.

A magnificent new biography that revolutionizes our understanding of Stalin and his world It has the quality of myth A poor cobbler s son, a seminarian from an oppressed outer province of the Russian empire, reinvents himself as a revolutionary and finds a leadership role within a small group of ma

The Great Terror: A Reassessment

20 November 2019 | By Robert Conquest | Filed in: soviet history.

The definitive work on Stalin s purges, Robert Conquest s The Great Terror was universally acclaimed when it first appeared in 1968 Harrison Salisbury called it brilliantnot only an odyssey of madness, tragedy, and sadism, but a work of scholarship and literary craftsmanship And in recent yea

The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivization and the Terror-Famine

20 November 2019 | By Robert Conquest | Filed in: soviet history.

The Harvest of Sorrow is the first full history of one of the most horrendous human tragedies of the 20th century Between 1929 and 1932 the Soviet Communist Party struck a double blow at the Russian peasantry dekulakization, the dispossession and deportation of millions of peasant families, and co

The Soviet Experiment: Russia, the USSR, and the Successor States

20 November 2019 | By Ronald Grigor Suny | Filed in: soviet history.

The West has always had a difficult time understanding the Soviet Union For decades Americans have known a Soviet Union clouded by ideological passions and a dearth of information Today, with the revelations under glasnost and the collapse of the Communist empire, Americans are now able to see the

Red Plenty: Inside the Fifties' Soviet Dream

20 November 2019 | By Francis Spufford | Filed in: soviet history.

Once upon a time in the Soviet Union Strange as it may seem, the grey, oppressive USSR was founded on a fairytale It was built on the twentieth century magic called the planned economy , which was going to gush forth an abundance of good things that lands of capitalism could never match And j

A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution: 1891-1924

20 November 2019 | By Orlando Figes | Filed in: soviet history.

It is history on an epic yet human scale Vast in scope, exhaustive in original research, written with passion, narrative skill, and human sympathy, A People s Tragedy is a profound account of the Russian Revolution for a new generation Many consider the Russian Revolution to be the most significan

The Revolution Betrayed

20 November 2019 | By Leon Trotsky | Filed in: soviet history.

One of Marxism s most important texts, The Revolution Betrayed explores the fate of the Russian Revolution after Lenin s death Written in 1936 and published the following year, this brilliant and profound evaluation of Stalinism from the Marxist standpoint prophesied the collapse of the Soviet Unio

Magnetic Mountain: Stalinism as a Civilization

20 November 2019 | By Stephen Kotkin | Filed in: soviet history.

This study is the first of its kind a street level inside account of what Stalinism meant to the masses of ordinary people who lived it Stephen Kotkin was the first American in 45 years to be allowed into Magnitogorsk, a city built in response to Stalin s decision to transform the predominantly ag

Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

20 November 2019 | By Timothy Snyder | Filed in: soviet history.

Americans call the Second World War The Good War But before it even began, America s wartime ally Josef Stalin had killed millions of his own citizens and kept killing them during and after the war Before Hitler was finally defeated, he had murdered six million Jews and nearly as many other Euro

Stalin

20 November 2019 | By Robert Service | Filed in: soviet history.

Overthrowing the conventional image of Stalin as an uneducated political administrator inexplicably transformed into a pathological killer, Robert Service reveals a complex and fascinating story behind this notorious twentieth century figure Drawing on unexplored archives and personal testimon

Everything was Forever, Until it was No More: The Last Soviet Generation

20 November 2019 | By Alexei Yurchak | Filed in: soviet history.

Soviet socialism was based on paradoxes that were revealed by the peculiar experience of its collapse To the people who lived in that system the collapse seemed both completely unexpected and completely unsurprising At the moment of collapse it suddenly became obvious that Soviet life had always s

Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928

20 November 2019 | By Stephen Kotkin | Filed in: soviet history.

A magnificent new biography that revolutionizes our understanding of Stalin and his world It has the quality of myth A poor cobbler s son, a seminarian from an oppressed outer province of the Russian empire, reinvents himself as a revolutionary and finds a leadership role within a small group of ma

The Russian Anarchists

20 November 2019 | By Paul Avrich | Filed in: soviet history.

In the turmoil of the Russian insurrection of 1905 and civil war of 1917, the anarchists attempted to carry out their program of direct action workers control of production, the creation of free rural and urban communes, and partisan warfare against the enemies of a free society Avrich consulted