This study is the first of its kind: a street-level inside account of what Stalinism meant to the masses of ordinary people who lived it. Stephen Kotkin was the. Kotkin argues that Stalinism offered itself as an opportunity for enlightenment. Thematically organized and closely focused, Magnetic Mountain signals the. This study is a street-level inside account of what Stalinism meant to the masses of ordinary people who lived it. Stephen Kotkin was the first American in

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By detailing everything from the shrine-like “Red Corners” in the city barracks to the Magnit Cinema showing movies such as “Party Card” and of course Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times” to the craze over “French Wrestling” at the local circus, Kotkin enriches our view of life and politics in an otherworldly time and place.

Stalinism as a Civilization Stephen Kotkin Limited preview – Kotkin depicts a whole range of life: His main focus was using the city of Magnitogorsk as a case study to prove the theories of other Stalinist historians wrong. Open Preview See a Problem?

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Stalinism as a Civilization Stephen Kotkin No preview available – Despite the harsh censorship, the Magnitgorsk Worker newspaper catalogued many of the failures of local elites, including the inability of the Steel Factories KPU living quarters unit to maintain their new barracks, the crime rampant in the “Convict Labor Colony,” mistakes in completing the city blast furnace and so on.

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Stalinism as a Civilization. He specializes in the history of the Soviet Union and has recently begun to research Eurasia more generally.

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His writing is very effective as well. Books by Stephen Kotkin.

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Magnetic Mountain: Stalinism as a Civilization

He joined the faculty at Princeton University inand was the director of in Russian and Eurasian Studies Program for 13 years Thematically organized and closely mountian, Magnetic Mountain signals the beginning of a new stage in the writing of Soviet social history.


Taking advantage of the full range of published and unpublished Soviet sources, he details what everyday life looked like to people living unde In this book Stephen Kotkin does what might seem impossible. Kotkin graduated from the University of Rochester in with a B. Jul 26, Robert Davis added it.

Magnetic mountain: Stalinism as a civilization

magnehic For instance, he shows how much of the economy was really a “shadow” economy, where purloined factory parts or cloth went to either independently fulfill the impossible plans of Moscow or into private production that was resold in the official “markets” or even by door-to-door peddling. Mojntain fascinating text that illustrates the project of building a socialist society under Stalinist terms, and how this process was highly experimental and often contradictory.

And to our convenience, the case works as a microcosm of the USSR that shows the logic of the state and people’s lives under Stalinism. References to this book Moderne und Gewalt: Kotkin depicts a whole range of life: