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Stalin and Stalinism by Martin McCauley

Stalin and Stalinism

by Martin McCauley

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0582505879, Paperback)

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.

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"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." "Stalin and Stalinism has established itself as one of the most popular textbooks for those who want to understand the Stalin phenomenon. This third edition provides up to date analysis of the Stalin era; a chapter analysing Stalin's personality; documents which graphically illustrate the bloodletting; and 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, and a Who's Who and Guide to Further Reading."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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