The ebb and flow of debate about Stalin's Russia is brilliantly captured in Chris Ward's account, which not only conceptualises the field in a clear and helpful way, offering a synthesis of the vast secondary literature in the area, but also provides the author's own evaluation of the key issues at stake.
The ebb and flow of debate about Stalin's Russia is brilliantly captured in Chris Ward's account, which not only conceptualises the field in a clear and helpful way, offering a synthesis of the vast secondary literature in the area, but also provides the author's own evaluation of the key issues at stake. The first edition of the book was deservedly popular with readers wanting a succinct introduction to the subject or needing to 'get up to speed' in areas of the subject unfamiliar to them. This edition retains all the virtues of the first but is able to take more account of the new opportunities afforded to historians - both Russian and Western - by the collapse of Communism and the greater availability to researchers of archival sources. This is a valuable revision of a now standard work, acknowledging the various problems and perspectives in interpretation that have emerged since the end of the Soviet Union and including for the first time a chapter on Stalin's foreign policy.
'Strongly recommended... [students] will undoubtedly profit from reading Ward's views on this controversial subject and the purpose of academic history.' Journal of European Studies '...a fresh and unhackneyed approach to a broadly familiar period.' Slavonica 'Students will find it particularly useful... I particularly liked the way in which short-term circumstances and much larger impersonal forces are brought together in a convincing synthesis.' Slavonica
About Chris Ward
Chris Ward is a Lecturer in Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge, UK
Table of Contents
Recovering Stalin's Russia / The rise of Stalin / Collectivization / Industrialization / Purges and politics / Foreign policy / War and late Stalinism / Culture and society / Conclusion: history and Stalin's Russia.
Stalin's Russia by Chris Ward
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