Revolutionary in an Era of War
By (author) Kevin McDermott
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Stalin by Kevin McDermott
Book DescriptionStalin's massive impact on Soviet history is often explained in terms of his inherent evil, personality defects and power lust. While not rejecting these notions, Kevin McDermott argues that Stalin's thoughts and actions are best contextualised in the inter-relationship between war and revolution in the first half of the twentieth century. The author presents the case for taking the Soviet dictator seriously as a Marxist revolutionary whose fundamental beliefs and modus operandi were forged in the cauldron of civil and international wars, ideologically driven class wars and revolutionary upheavals associated with the 'age of catastrophe', 1914-45. Only by so doing can the complex motivations for such cataclysmic events as the Great Terror be adequately addressed. Incorporating recently declassified materials from the former Soviet Party archives, this new appraisal of Stalin also provides a critical review of the latest western and Russian historiography. It is essential reading for anyone studying the debates on one of the leading figures of Soviet history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780333711217
(222mm x 144mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 24-Jan-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Kevin McDermott
1989 Revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe, Paperback (November 2015)
This book reassesses a defining historical, political and ideological moment in contemporary history: the 1989 revolutions in central and eastern Europe. Bringing together experts from a variety of disciplines, the volume examines the rapid dismantling of the communist regimes in the late 1980s and the transition to pluralism in the 1990s.
Communist Czechoslovakia, 1945-89, Paperback (August 2015)
This concise history gives an account of the political, cultural and social trends in Czechoslovakia from 1945 to 1989. With a focus on ordinary citizens, it is an essential contribution to the modern history of a country that is sure to play a key role in the 'new Europe'.
De-Stalinising Eastern Europe, Hardback (July 2015)
This unique volume examines how and to what extent former victims of Stalinist terror from across the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe were received, reintegrated and rehabilitated following the mass releases from prisons and labour camps which came in the wake of Stalin's death in 1953 and Khrushchev's reforms in the subsequent decade.
Stalinist Terror in Eastern Europe, Paperback (September 2012)» View all books by Kevin McDermott
This volume examines Stalinist terror in Eastern Europe in the period 1940 to 1956. It covers instances of elite purges from the party and state hierarchy, including the infamous show trials staged against leading communists and the impact such practices had on wartime and post-war societies in the region.
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Author Biography - Kevin McDermott
KEVIN MCDERMOTT is Senior Lecturer in Political History at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. He is the author of The Czech Red Unions, 1918-1929, co-author of The Comintern: A History of International Communism from Lenin to Stalin and co-editor of Stalin's Terror: High Politics and Mass Repression in the Soviet Union.
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