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Stalinism: The Essential Readings

David Hoffmann (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-631-22890-5
336 pages
December 2002, Wiley-Blackwell
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This book comprises 11 essays on Stalinism by both eminent historians and younger scholars who have conducted research in the newly opened Russian archives. They discuss both the origins and consequences of Stalinism, and illustrate recent scholarly trends in the field of Soviet history.

  • A collection of essays on Stalinism by both eminent and younger scholars.
  • Discusses both the origins and consequences of Stalinism.
  • Provides an overview of the debates for students new to the subject.
  • Includes the results of research in the newly opened Russian archives.
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Acknowledgments ix

Glossary xi

Introduction: Interpretations of Stalinism 1
David L. Hoffmann

Part I The Origins of Stalinism 9

1 Stalin's Role 11
Stalin and his Stalinism: Power and Authority in the Soviet Union, 1930–1953 13
Ronald Grigor Suny

2 Social Origins 37
Grappling with Stalinism 39
Moshe Lewin

3 Socialist Ideology 63
The Soviet Tragedy: A History of Socialism in Russia 65
Martin Malia

4 The Foreign Threat 81
The Objectives of the Great Terror, 1937–1938 83
Oleg Khlevnyuk

5 The Welfare State 105
Magnetic Mountain: Stalinism as a Civilization 107
Stephen Kotkin

6 State Violence 127
State Violence as Technique: The Logic of Violence in Soviet Totalitarianism 129
Peter Holquist

Part II The Consequences of Stalinism 157

7 Resistance and Conformity 159
Everyday Stalinism: Ordinary Life in Extraordinary Times 161
Sheila Fitzpatrick

8 Stalinist Subjectivity 179
Working, Struggling, Becoming: Stalin-Era Autobiographical Texts 181
Jochen Hellbeck

9 Women and Gender 211
Women in Soviet Society: Equality, Development, and Social Change 213
Gail Warshofsky Lapidus

10 Ethnicity and Nationality 237
Nature and Nurture in a Socialist Utopia: Delineating the Soviet Socio-Ethnic Body in the Age of Socialism 239
Amir Weiner

11 The Postwar Years 275
Russia after the War: Hopes, Illusions, and Disappointments 277
Elena Zubkova

Index 302

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David L. Hoffmann is Professor of History at Ohio State University where he teaches Russian History, including an upper-level course on Stalinism. His research focuses on the political, social, and cultural history of the Stalin era. He is author of Peasant Metropolis: Social Identities in Moscow, 1929–1941 (1994); Stalinist Values: The Cultural Norms of Soviet Modernity, 1917-1941 (2003). He is also the co-editor of Russian Modernity: Politics, Knowledge, Practices (2000), and the co-author of Cultivating the Masses: The Modern Social State in Russia, 1914–1941 (forthcoming).
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  • A collection of essays on Stalinism by both eminent and younger scholars.
  • Discusses both the origins and consequences of Stalinism.
  • Provides an overview of the debates for students new to the subject.
  • Includes the results of research in the newly opened Russian archives.
See More
"The often contentious scholarly arguments about the character of Stalinism are fully represented in this important volume assembled and introduced by Ohio State’s David Hoffmann. Perfect for the classroom, the essays in this book contain some of the best recent research and thinking about Stalin’s key role in Russian History."Norman Naimark, Stanford University <!--end-->

"This is a collection of enormous value to anyone seeking to understand the causes and consequences of Stalin’s despotic transformation of Soviet society. It brings together some of the finest historical writing, including more recent scholarship, to reflect the diversity of interpretation of this grim but vitally important episode in twentieth-century history." Steve Smith, University of Essex

"Soviet historical studies have been reanimated ... Students and teachers oof this period confront a proliferation of authorities and viewpoints. The strength of David Hoffmann's collection is in its attempt to replect this variety of views." Continuity and Change

"Brilliant and illuminating analyses. Hoffman provides a range of first-rate critiques of the regime from various angles." Journal of Genocide Research

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