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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Magnetic Mountain: Stalinism as a Civilization
Stalinism as a Civilization Stephen Kotkin Limited preview – Stalinism as a Civilization. Account Options Sign in. Thematically organized and mountxin focused, Magnetic Mountain signals the beginning of a new stage in the writing of Magneric social history. The book takes the building of Magnitogorsk, an industrial city built from scratch, as a way to show how people learned to “speak Bolshevik” and thus both survive within and use the regime; thus it complicates hugely the usual top-down view of the Soviet Union.
Magnetic mountain: Stalinism as a civilization
References to this book Moderne und Gewalt: Bob rated it it was amazing Feb 13, 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. Paradoxes of Power, Return to Book Page. Katia Shulga rated it it was amazing Apr 16, 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 a whole range of life: View all 3 comments.
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. He is also a W. Matt rated it really liked it Jan 26, 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 Thanks for telling us about the problem. He was a visiting scholar at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Kotkin spent some pages saying what he could have said in it’s thick with repetition and half of the book was also endnotes pages Pretty rough to get through.
He studied Russian and Soviet history under Reginald E. A detailed look at how one windswept mountain of ore in the freezing steppe was transformed into the largest metallurgical complex in the nascent Soviet Union.
Magnetic Mountain by Stephen Kotkin – Paperback – University of California Press
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 read this book again while I was doing research on Japanese fascism in s, and it gave me great insight on the problem of ‘agency’ of ordinary people under a totalitarian state. This study is the first of its kind: University of California Press kotkih, Feb 27, – History – pages.
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. Josh rated it it was amazing Sep 25, Books Digital Products Journals.
The utopia it proffered, socialism, would be a new civilization based on the repudiation of capitalism. He specializes in the history of the Soviet Union and has recently begun to research Eurasia more generally. Kotkin graduated from the University of Rochester in with a B.
Stalinism as a Civilization Stephen Kotkin No preview available – The case itself– the creation of an industrial city in the middle of nowhere, is absolutely an amazing story.
Thematically organized and closely focused, Magnetic Mountain signals the beginning of a kohkin stage in the writing of Soviet social history. Disciplines History European History. Jan 02, Frank Stein rated it it was amazing.
He is currently the John P. The text suffers from some redundancy, especially in the final chapter, but it is still a worthwhile read that provides an expert analysis of a complicated historical mounain, all through the microcosm of a planned mining town.
Magnetic mountain: Stalinism as a civilization
Sep 28, AskHistorians added it Shelves: A highly detailed yet broadly conceived study of Magnitogorsk, a Soviet steel complex and city created on the steppes of Russia as both a model socialist community and an industrial powerhouse.
Starting mountaniKotkin traveled to the former Soviet Union several times for academic research and fellowships.
Taking advantage of the full range of published and unpublished Soviet sources, he details what everyday life looked like to people living under one of the most oppressive dictatorships known to man. Apr 04, Ottilie added it.
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