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Magnetic Mountain
By Stephen Kotkin

Magnetic Mountain

Stalinism as a Civilization

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Magnetic Mountain by Stephen Kotkin

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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 agricultural nation into a 'country of metal'. With unique access to previously untapped archives and interviews, Kotkin forges a vivid and compelling account of the impact of industrialization on a single urban community. Kotkin argues that Stalinism offered itself as an opportunity for enlightenment. The utopia it proffered, socialism, would be a new civilization based on the repudiation of capitalism. The extent to which the citizenry participated in this scheme and the relationship of the state's ambitions to the dreams of ordinary people form the substance of this fascinating story. Kotkin tells it deftly, with a remarkable understanding of the social and political system, as well as a keen instinct for the details of everyday life. Kotkin depicts a whole range of life: from the blast furnace workers who labored in the enormous iron and steel plant, to the families who struggled with the shortage of housing and services. Thematically organized and closely focused, "Magnetic Mountain" signals the beginning of a new stage in the writing of Soviet social history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520208230
ISBN-10: 0520208234
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 50mm)
Pages: 728
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 27-Feb-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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Historical Legacies of Communism in Russia and Eastern Europe by Stephen Kotkin Historical Legacies of Communism in Russia and Eastern Europe, Hardback (July 2014)

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Manchurian Railways and the Opening of China by Stephen Kotkin Manchurian Railways and the Opening of China, Paperback (February 2010)

The railways of Manchuria offer an intriguing vantage point for an international history of northeast Asia. This volume brings together an international group of scholars to explore this fascinating history.

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Author Biography - Stephen Kotkin

Stephen Kotkin is Assistant Professor of History at Princeton University and author of Steeltown, USSR (California, 1991).

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