Stalin: A New History

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Sarah Davies, James Harris
Cambridge University Press, Sep 8, 2005 - History
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The figure of Joseph Stalin has always provoked heated and often polarized debate. The recent declassification of a substantial portion of Stalin's archive has made possible this fundamental new assessment of the Soviet leader. In this groundbreaking 2005 study, leading international experts challenge many assumptions about Stalin from his early life in Georgia to the Cold War years with contributions ranging across the political, economic, social, cultural, ideological and international history of the Stalin era. The volume provides a deeper understanding of the nature of Stalin's power and of the role of ideas in his politics, presenting a more complex and nuanced image of one of the most important leaders of the twentieth century. This study is without precedent in the field of Russian history and will prove invaluable reading for students of Stalin and Stalinism.
 

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Contents

Joseph Stalin power and ideas
1
Stalin as Georgian the formative years
18
Stalin as Commissar for Nationality Affairs 19181922
45
Stalin as General Secretary the appointments process and the nature of Stalins power
63
Stalin as Prime Minister power and the Politburo
83
Stalin as dictator the personalisation of power
108
Stalin as economic policymaker Soviet agriculture 19311936
121
Stalin as foreign policymaker avoiding war 19271953
140
Stalin as Marxist the Western roots of Stalins russification of Marxism
159
Stalin as Bolshevik romantic ideology and mobilisation 19171939
181
Stalin as patron of cinema creating Soviet mass culture 19321936
202
Stalin as producer the Moscow show trials and the construction of mortal threats
226
Stalin as symbol a case study of the personality cult and its construction
249
Stalin as the coryphaeus of science ideology and knowledge in the postwar years
271
Index
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Page viii - Moya Flynn is a research fellow at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham, UK, where she completed her master's degree and PhD.

About the author (2005)

Sarah Davies is LECTURER in HISTORY at the UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM. She is THE AUTHOR OF POPULAR OPINION IN STALIN'S RUSSIA: TERROR, PROPAGANDA AND DISSENT 1934941 (1997).

James Harris is LECTURER in HISTORY at the UNIVERSITY OF Leeds. He is the author of The Great Urals: Regionalism and the Evolution of the Soviet System (1999).

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