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Description - The Political Thought of Joseph Stalin by Erik van Ree

The only book-length study of Stalin's political thought. It makes full use of the documentation that has only recently become available from the former Central Party Archive in Moscow as well as Stalin's private library with his handwritten marginal notes. This political and historical analysis provides many insights into the Soviet leader's political thought, and more broadly on western and Russian Marxist intellectual traditions. The author argues that Stalin's political thought is not primarily indebted to the Russian autocratic tradition, but instead belongs to a tradition of revolutionary patriotism that stretches back through revolutionary Marxism to Jacobin thought in the French Revolution. It makes interesting comparisons between Stalin, Lenin, Bukharin and Trotsky, and explains a great deal about the mind-set of those brought up in the Stalinist era. Intelligent analysis of the sources sheds new light on many of the era's key problems, including the industrial revolution from above, socialist cultural policy, Soviet treatment of nationalities, pre-war and Cold War foreign policy, and the purges.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780700717491
ISBN-10: 0700717498
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: RoutledgeCurzon
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 5-Sep-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Erik van Ree

Erik van Ree is a lecturer at the Institute for East European Studies of the University of Amsterdam. He has published widely on the history of the USSR and on world communism, including books on Stalin's Korean Policy, and on the Soviet Politburo.