"Revolution on My Mind" is a stunning revelation of the inner world of Stalin's Russia. We see into the minds and hearts of Soviet citizens who recorded their lives during an extraordinary period of revolutionary fervor and state terror. Writing a diary, like other creative expression, seems nearly impossible amid the fear and distrust of totalitarian rule; but as Jochen Hellbeck shows, diary-keeping was widespread, as individuals struggled to adjust to Stalin's regime.
Jochen Hellbeck is Assistant Professor of History at Rutgers University.
Preface Prologue: Forging the Revolutionary Self 1. Rearing Conscious Citizens 2. Bolshevik Views of the Diary 3. Laboratories of the Soul 4. Intelligentsia on Trial: Zinaida Denisevskaya 5. Secrets of a Class Enemy: Stepan Podlubny 6. The Diary of a New Man: Leonid Potemkin 7. Stalin's Inkwell: Alexander Afinogenov 8. The Urge to Struggle On Notes Note on Sources Acknowledgments Index