By Alter L. Litvin, John L. H. Keep

ISBN-10: 0415351081

ISBN-13: 9780415351089

ISBN-10: 041535109X

ISBN-13: 9780415351096

Stalinism surveys the efforts made lately by way of specialist historians, in Russia and the West, to higher comprehend what particularly went on within the USSR among 1929 and 1953, whilst the country's affairs have been shrouded in secrecy. the hole of the Soviet information in 1991 has resulted in a large quantity of ancient reviews, whose strengths and weaknesses are assessed the following impartially notwithstanding no longer uncritically. whereas Joseph Stalin now emerges as a much less all-powerful determine than he appeared to be on the time, so much critical writers settle for that the procedure over which he governed used to be despotic and totalitarian. a few nostalgic nationalists in Russia, besides a few Western post-modernists, disagree. Their arguments are rigorously dissected the following. Stalinism was once in fact even more than kingdom subsidized terror, and so due recognition is paid to quite a lot of socio-economic and cultural difficulties. preserve and Litvin applaud the efforts of Soviet electorate to specific dissenting perspectives.

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Ya. Dzhugashvili, Ded, otets, Ma i drugie (Moscow: Olimp, 1993). Izvestiia, 1 March 2003. For example, Z. M. Ya. Mandelshtam, Vospominaniia (Moscow, 1989); L. M. ), Teatr Gulaga: vospominaniia, ocherki (Moscow: Memorial, 1995); V. I. ), Pozhivshi v GULAGe (Moscow: Russkii put’, 2001). 30 Coping with the legacy of Stalinism 62 Komsomol’skaia pravda, 23 December 2003. K. Zhukov, Vospominaniia i razmyshleniia, 2 vols, 11th edn, completed from the author’s manuscript (Moscow: Novosti, 1992). S. K. Zhukova kak istoricheskogo istochnika)’, OI, 2003, no.

Vavilov asked whether it should include articles on ‘our enemies’ such as Trotsky. Stalin said it should do so, for ‘you’ll put Napoleon in, and after all he was a great scoundrel’. 44 Other new documents deal with his role in Party and government after the war45 and his relations with members of his family. On 13 September 2003, 16 Coping with the legacy of Stalinism Izvestiia reported that Stalin’s granddaughter, Galina Yakovleva Dzhugashvili, had been given papers from US archives relating to her father’s death.

See now B. Bazhanov, Vospominaniia byvshego sekretaria Stalina (St Petersburg: Vsemirnoe slovo, 1992). ‘“Unichtozhit’ vragov, predvaritel’no ikh obmanuv”: Materialy doprosa pomoshchnika General’nogo sekretaria Tsk VKP(b) Borisa Bazhanova frantsuzskimi spetssluzhbami’, Istochnik, 2001, no. 6, 31–41. S. Khrushchev, Vospominaniia: izbrannye fragmenty (Moscow: Vagrius, 1997), 23, 24, 60; see also idem, Vremia: liudi: vlast’, v 4 tt. (Moscow: Moskovskie novosti, 1999). Yakovlev, Sumerki, 28, 222. M.

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