The Stalin Years
By (author) Christopher Read
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Stalin Years by Christopher Read
Book DescriptionEver since his rise to power Stalin has been a controversial figure. From the hatred of his Trotsky-supporting contemporaries to the uncritical adulation of present-day followers in Russia and his native land of Georgia he has stirred passions and arguments. Traditionally, scholars, too, have been equally divided into totalitarians and revisionists. Despite the differences, however, one feature has remained constant: the vast majority of views of Stalin have been highly politically charged. In this collection of cutting-edge research, Christopher Read guides the reader through the turbulent history of the Stalin years using post-Soviet articles which provide more balanced and scholarly assessments of the leader's time in power. The essays examine not only Stalin's central role and the key points of his rule from the late 1920s to the postwar years, but also look at Russian society as a whole. Taken together with Read's own contributions, which include an up-to-date historiographic survey, they constitute a complex and dynamic history of the central features of a terrible era. Containing a helpful glossary and a chronology of the life and times of Stalin, this indispensable volume will be the first recourse for all those with an interest in the debates surrounding Stalin's Russia.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780333963425
(222mm x 141mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 10-Dec-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Christopher Read
War and Revolution in Russia, 1914-22, Paperback (December 2012)
This essential introduction synthesises the wealth of new material available on the Russian Revolution into a clear overview which is ideal for beginners. Leading expert Christopher Read treats the period 1914-22 as a whole in order to contextualise and better understand the events of 1917 and their impact.
Lenin, Paperback (April 2005)
An account of Lenin's personal life and political career, this study makes use of archive material made available in the Glasnost and post-Soviet eras.
Stalin Years, Paperback (December 2002)
This reader gives students a clear route into the debate surrounding Stalin's Russia. Christopher Read takes students through the history of the Stalin years, covering the key points of his rule from the late 1920s to the post-war years, using post-Soviet articles.
Making and Breaking of the Soviet System, Paperback (June 2001)» View all books by Christopher Read
Using post-Soviet materials and perspectives, this study examines the reasons for the successes and failures of the Soviet system. In particular, it argues that the underlying reasons for the system's collapse can be found in the contradictions of the revolution which gave birth to it.
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Author Biography - Christopher Read
CHRISTOPHER READ is Professor of History at the University of Warwick.
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