The Soviet Political Mind: Stalinism and Post-Stalin Change

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1972 - History - 304 pages
In his treatment of internal and foreign policies, the Soviet period and the Russian historical past, the political elite and the ordinary man, Robert C. Tucker focuses upon the thought patterns and ideological factors that, together, constituted the Soviet political mind. His concern is with the problem of change in the Soviet system and in Soviet policy. Affirming the reality and significance of post-Stalin change, he analyzes and explains this phenomenon within the broad framework of Russia's political development before and after 1917.

In constructing this concept, he has evolved an interpretation of Stalinism as a special Soviet pattern whose dynamics were determined in part by the psychopathology of Stalin's personality. Thus, beyond its obvious contribution to the field of Soviet studies, this appraisal of the influence of personality factors on the political development of a country contributes significantly to the theory of dictatorship and authoritarianism.
 

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Contents

On Revolutionary MassMovement Regimes
3
The Dictator and Totalitarianism
20
Stalin Bukharin and History as Conspiracy
49
The Stalin Heritage in Soviet Policy
87
Several Stalins
103
The Image of Dual Russia
121
Stalin and the Uses of Psychology
143
The Politics of Soviet DeStalinization
173
Ruling Personalities in Russian Foreign Policy
205
Stalinism and Cold War
226
Dialectics of Coexistence
240
Russia the West and World Order
262
Notes
283
Index
299
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Robert C. Tucker is professor of politics emeritus at Princeton University and past president of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies.

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