One of the most successful dictators of the twentieth century, Stalin believed that fashioning a better tomorrow was worth sacrificing the lives of millions today. He built a modern Russia on the corpses of millions of its citizens.
First published in 1983, Stalin and Stalinism has established itself as one of the most popular textbooks for those who want to understand the Stalin phenomenon. Written in a clear and accessible manner, and fully updated throughout to incorporate recent research findings, the book also contains a chronology of key events, Who's Who and Guide to Further Reading.
This concise assessment of one of the major figures of twentieth century world history remains an essential purchase for students studying the subject.
Martin McCauley is former Senior lecturer in Politics at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London. An extremely accomplished author, his previous titles include:The Khruschev Era, Russia, America and the Cold War and two trade history books for Longman History: Bandits, Gangsters and the Mafia and Afghanistan and Central Asia.
PART ONE THE CONTEXT 1 Introduction: The problem 2 The Russian Revolution and the Soviet State, 1917-29 PART TWO ANALYSIS 3 The Thirties 4 The Great Fatherland War, 1941-45 5 High Stalinism, 1945-53 PART THREE ASSESSMENT 6. Stalin: Personality and Power 7. The Judgement PART FOUR DOCUMENTS