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Let History Judge: The Orgins and Consequences of Stalinism

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Publisher Comments:

The most comprehensive and revealing investigation of Stalinism and political developments in the Soviet Union from 1922-1953, this edition is an extensively revised and expanded version of a classic work. Internationally known historian Roy Medvedev has included more than one-hundred new interviews, unpublished memoirs, and archives from survivors of Stalin's death camps. This updated version of a classic work was written during a time of great change in the Soviet Union. With the advent of perestroika and glasnost, more progressive leadership has sought to demolish the Stalinist system which had finally crippled the Soviet Union and incited public discontent.

Let History Judge contains new material on: purges in 1929-1931 and terror against the peasantry, the Kirov assasination and show trials, the "great terror" from 1936-1938 which caused irreparable damage to the Soviet Union and left it vulnerable for Hilter's attack in 1941, the trial of Bukharin, Trotsky's revolutionary activity and Stalin's involvement with his murder in Mexico, Stalin's miscalculations and errors during the war which cost the Soviet Union nearly 25 million in casualties, new purges from 1946-1953, and the actual vote of the Seventeenth Congress, which decided Stalin's candidacy.

Since the first edition was finished by the author in 1969 and published in 1971, dozens of new informants have come forward to give their evidence to Roy Medvedev. Distinguished Soviet literary, cultural, and political figures like the late Alexander Twardovsky, Ilja Ehrenburg, Konstantin Simonov, Yuri Trifono, Mikhail Romm and many others have accumulated documentary records of Stalinism in anticipation of an expanded version.

Review:

"A work so rich in documentations, so scrupulous in scholarship and, above all, so harrowingly vivid in its recounting of the calamities inflicted by Stalin on his country... Restores a long-abandoned standard of professional integrity to Soviet historiography."? Time

Review:

"A milestone in the understanding of nearly fifty years of Russian history." Harrison Salisbury, The New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

The most comprehensive investigation of Stalinism and political developments in the Soviet Union from 1922-1953, this is an extensively revised version of a classic. Medvedev has included more than one hundred new interviews, unpublished memoirs, and archives from survivors of Stalin's death camps — with distinguished Soviet literary, cultural, and political figures including the late Alexander Twardovsky, Ilja Ehrenburg, Konstantin Simonov, Yuri Trifono, Mikhail Romm and many others.

About the Author

Roy Medvedev is a prominent and highly respected Soviet historian of international reputation. His books include On Soviet Dissent and The October Revolution. He has had articles published in the New York Times, The New York Review of Books, and Dissent.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780231063517
Translator:
Shriver, George
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Translator:
Shriver, George
Author:
Medvedev, Roy Aleksandrovich
Subject:
Political
Subject:
History
Subject:
Soviet Union
Subject:
Political atrocities
Subject:
Stalin, joseph, 1879-1953
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Eastern Europe - General
Subject:
Soviet Union Politics and government.
Subject:
Stalin, Joseph
Subject:
World History-Eastern Europe
Edition Description:
Rev and Expande
Publication Date:
19890731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
891
Dimensions:
9.16x5.99x1.73 in. 2.64 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Russia » General Russian History
History and Social Science » Russia » Soviet Union
History and Social Science » World History » Eastern Europe
History and Social Science » World History » General

Let History Judge: The Orgins and Consequences of Stalinism
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Product details 891 pages Columbia University Press - English 9780231063517 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A work so rich in documentations, so scrupulous in scholarship and, above all, so harrowingly vivid in its recounting of the calamities inflicted by Stalin on his country... Restores a long-abandoned standard of professional integrity to Soviet historiography."?
"Review" by , "A milestone in the understanding of nearly fifty years of Russian history."
"Synopsis" by , The most comprehensive investigation of Stalinism and political developments in the Soviet Union from 1922-1953, this is an extensively revised version of a classic. Medvedev has included more than one hundred new interviews, unpublished memoirs, and archives from survivors of Stalin's death camps — with distinguished Soviet literary, cultural, and political figures including the late Alexander Twardovsky, Ilja Ehrenburg, Konstantin Simonov, Yuri Trifono, Mikhail Romm and many others.
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