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Description: Kuromiya's Stalinis a masterful and concise account, impressively researched, clearly written, poised and persuasive in its analysis.Professor Orlando Figes, Birkbeck College, University of London.Professor Kuromiya is fully steeped in the new sources and fresh historiography of the fearsome dictator. He makes ample use of his earlier pioneering research on Soviet history as well as new documents declassified from the Soviet archives. [This] is the best short biography of Stalin that we have. Professor Norman M. Naimark, Stanford University.nbsp;";Half beast, half giant"; is how Hitler once referred to Stalin. Like Hitler himself, Stalin was a tyrant. His rule of the Soviet Union was one of the bloodiest episodes in the modern history of the world. How did such a man, once regarded by his rivals as intellectually inferior, manage to rise to power to rule the largest country in the world for more than a quarter of a century, ultimately achieving a divine status as dictator?nbsp;Hiroaki Kuromiya argues that the key to understanding Stalin lies in the fact that he lived solely for the purpose of shaping the body politic through the pursuit and exercise of power. Whatever private emotions Stalin had whether affection, lust, hatred, or vindictiveness he channelled to political ends and subsumed in his quest for power. Even ordering the deaths of people close to him evoked no special emotion because he deemed it necessary for the higher order. Kuromiya lucidly and systematically explains Stalin's use of terror as a political action how Stalin viewed political terror, why he used terror so extensively, and how he felt about the deaths of millions.nbsp;Drawing on the author's extensive research into recently uncovered documents on Stalin's life,nbsp; and reflecting the current state of knowledge in the field, this concise biography untangles the enigma of Stalin and elucidates his political thought and action. The world order changed irreversibly with the establishment of the Soviet Union. Kuromiya argues that without understanding Stalin, one cannot understand the twentieth century.nbsp;Hiroaki Kuromiya is Professor of history at Indiana University. He has been researching and writing about the period of Stalin's rule for nearly thirty years and is author of Stalin's Industrial Revolution: Politics and Workers, 1928-1932 (1988) and Freedom and Terror in the Donbas: A Ukrainian--Russian Borderland, 1870s--1990s (1998).
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Copyright year: 2006
Publication date: 11/3/2005
Size: 5.15" wide x 8.30" long x 0.50" tall
Hiroaki Kuromiya is a professor in the Department of History at Indiana University.
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