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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Dec 17, Grant rated it it was amazing. He is a historian, academic and author. The utopia it proffered, socialism, would be a new civilization based on the repudiation of capitalism.
Magnetic mountain: Stalinism as a civilization
Bob rated it it was amazing Feb 13, I recommend this to everyone kotkiin likes history. Lists with This Book. University of California Press- History – pages. Kotkin argues that Stalinism offered itself as an opportunity for enlightenment. A fascinating text that illustrates the project of building a socialist society under Stalinist terms, and how this process was highly experimental and often contradictory.
I really liked the way in which Kotkin deploys the Foucauldian ‘subjectivity’ analysis yet goes beyond and shows kltkin the state and the people were actually not playing the same game of ‘indoctrination vs resistance. Dec 15, Amanda rated it really liked it. Stalinism as a Civilization.
Maelia rated it liked it Oct 12, Jan 10, morning Os rated it it was amazing Shelves: He studied Russian and Soviet history under Reginald E. Stephen Kotkin was the first American in 45 years to be allowed into Magnitogorsk, a city built in response to Stalin’s decision to transform mountqin predominantly agricultural nation into a country of metal. Kotkin tells it deftly, with a remarkable understanding of the social and political system, as well as a keen instinct for the details of everyday mounyain.
kotkkin Oct 23, Albert rated it it was amazing Shelves: The case itself– the creation of an industrial city in the middle of nowhere, is absolutely an amazing story. Kotkin shows that the division between an elite Communist Party, whose job was to maintain ideological uniformity and place personnel in appropriate “nomenklatura” positions, and an actual state system, which did amgnetic work of running factories and homes and police and so on, led to irreconcilable conflicts.
Magnetic Mountain by Stephen Kotkin – Paperback – University of California Press
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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This book made me want to stab myself in the eye with a sewing needle. The people in the new city of Magnitogorsk do not come off as Bolshevik caricatures or Soviet myrmidons, but as real humans facing normal and abnormal problems with all the intelligence and grace they can muster. This study is the first of its kind: University of California PressFeb 27, – History – pages.
Magnetic mountain: Stalinism as a civilization
His main focus was using the city of Magnitogorsk as a case study to prove the theories of other Stalinist historians wrong. Return to Book Page. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? With unique access to previously untapped archives and interviews, Kotkin forges a vivid and compelling account of the impact of industrialization on a single urban community. The book also offers the best description I’ve read of the Terror. Ben rated it really liked it Jun 05, Interesting, but a bit pretentious.
Magnetic Mountain: Stalinism as a Civilization
In this book Stephen Kotkin does what might seem impossible. Sep 24, Kathryn rated it liked it. He is also a W.
Stalinism as a Civilization. Selected pages Title Page. Published February 27th by University of California Press first published AK rated it magnetif was amazing Jul 11, Stephen Kotkin was the first American in 45 years to be allowed into Magnitogorsk, a city built in response to Stalin’s decision to transform the predominantly agricultural nation into a Kotkin depicts lotkin whole range of life: To ask other readers questions about Magnetic Mountainplease sign up.
Kotkin uses the local study to help explain the broader strokes of Soviet history, and moutain far from afraid of an historiographic fight. This study is the first of its kind: From onwards the Party engaged in numerous internal “purges” and “verification” campaigns which aimed to expel corrupt party officials or merely those with a false “worker” pedigree, and which spread to failures in state production and soon involved the NKVD the “state” system which tended to enforce party dictates.