Synopses & Reviews
One of the most successful dictators of the twentieth century, Stalin believed that fashioning a better tomorrow was worth sacrificing the lives of millions today. He built a modern Russia on the corpses of millions of its citizens.
First published in 1983, Stalin and Stalinism has established itself as one of the most popular textbooks for those who want to understand the Stalin phenomenon. Written in a clear and accessible manner, this updated third edition provides:
- Up to date analysis of the Stalin era
- A new chapter analysing Stalin¿s personality
- New documents which graphically illustrate the bloodletting
- An examination of the Stalin cult and why it was so successful ¿ even today
Fully updated throughout to incorporate recent research findings, the book also contains a Chronology of key events, Who¿s Who and Guide to Further Reading. This concise assessment of one of the major figures of twentieth century world history remains an essential purchase for students studying the subject.
Martin McCauley is a seasoned writer and broadcaster who has a wealth of experience in Russian and international affairs. His previous publications include The Origins of the Cold War, 3rd Edition (Longman) and Russia, America and the Cold War (Longman).
One of the most successful and lethal dictators of the twentieth century, Stalin transformed the Soviet Union into a modern industrial state. While he demonstrated Russia's huge potential if harnessed correctly, Stalin's brand of coercive socialism sent millions to their deaths in the process. Updated to incorporate the most recent research the new edition in the Seminar Studies in History Series provides an accessible and important introduction to the Stalin phenomenon. Written by Martin McCauley, a leading authority on Russia and Eastern Europe, this new third edition includes a completely new chapter, "Stalin: Personality and Power, " which provides additional information about the man himself The author brings this best selling volume completely up-to-date, with existing chapters revised to include the latest information and debates. Additional documents have been added which graphically demonstrate the massive cost of the Stalin dictatorship to Soviet citizens For readers interested in the history of the Soviet Union
The ideal book to help students understand the background and long term influence of one of the great monsters of the twentieth century.
- This new edition brings the book completely up-to-date - existing chapters revised to include the latest information and debates.
- Additional documents in the Documents section - graphically demonstrate the massive cost of the Stalin dictatorship to Soviet citizens.
- Reader-friendly and easier to navigate.
Who was Stalin and what did he achieve? Why did he come to power and how did he use that power? The third edition of this best-selling Seminar Study answers these questions and provides the latest research, interpretations and historiographical debates about one of the most fascinating figures of the twentieth century. One of the most successful and lethal dictators of the twentieth century, Stalin transformed the Soviet Union into a modern industrial state. While he demonstrated Russia's huge potential if harnessed correctly, Stalin's brand of coercive socialism sent millions to their deaths in the process. The debate about Stalin's role in creating the Soviet superpower still rages. Was the violence justified? To what extent was Stalin the master of events? Now thoroughly updated to incorporate the most recent research, and including a completely new chapter on Stalin's personality and power, the new edition provides the essential introduction to the Stalin phenomenon.
About the Author
Martin McCauley is former Senior lecturer in Politics at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London. An extremely accomplished author, his previous titles include:The Khruschev Era, Russia, America and the Cold War and two trade history books for Longman History: Bandits, Gangsters and the Mafia and Afghanistan and Central Asia.
Table of Contents
List of plates
PART ONE: ANALYSIS
1. Introduction: The Problem
2. The Russian Revolution And The Soviet State, 1917-1929
3. The Thirties
4. The Great Fatherland War, 1941-1945
5. High Stalinism
6. Stalin: Personality And Power
7. The Judgement
PART TWO: DOCUMENTS