Stalinism: New Directions

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Sheila Fitzpatrick
Taylor & Francis, 2000 - History - 377 pages
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Stalinism is a provocative addition to the current debates related to the history of the Stalinist period of the Soviet Union. Sheila Fitzpatrick has collected together the newest and the most exciting work by young Russian, American and European scholars, as well as some of the seminal articles that have influenced them, in an attempt to reassess this contentious subject in the light of new data and new theoretical approaches.
The articles are contextualized by a thorough introduction to the totalitarian/revisionist arguments and post-revisionist developments. Eschewing an exclusively high-political focus, the book draws together work on class, identity, consumption culture, and agency. Stalinist terror and nationalities policy are reappraised in the light of new archival findings. Stalinism offers a nuanced navigation of an emotive and misrepresented chapter of the Russian past.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Social identities
15
Ascribing class the construction of social identity in Soviet Russia
20
Us against them social identity in Soviet Russia 193441
47
Private and public practices
71
Fashioning the Stalinist soul the diary of Stepan Podlubnyi 193191
77
Denunciation and its functions in Soviet governance from the Archive of the Soviet Ministry of Internal Affairs 194453
117
Games of Stalinist democracy ideological discussions in Soviet sciences 194752
142
Dear comrade you ask what we need socialist paternalism and Soviet rural notables in the mid1930s
231
Varieties of terror
257
The purging of local cliques in the Urals region 19367
262
Socially harmful elements and the Great Terror
286
Nationality as a status
309
The Soviet Union as a communal apartment or how a socialist state promoted ethnic particularism
313
Modernization or neotraditionalism? Ascribed nationality and Soviet primordialism
348
Further reading
368

Consumption and civilization
177
Cultured trade the Stalinist turn towards consumerism
182
The concept of kulturnost notes on the Stalinist civilizing process
210

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Stalin and Stalinism
Martin McCauley
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About the author (2000)

Sheila Fitzpatrick is Bernadotte E. Schmitt Professor in History at the University of Chicago

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