Stalin and Europe: Imitation and Domination, 1928-1953

Paperback | May 21, 2014

EditorTimothy Snyder, Raymond Brandon

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The Soviet Union was the largest state in the twentieth-century world, but its repressive power and terrible ambition were most clearly on display in Europe. Under the leadership of Joseph Stalin, the Soviet Union transformed itself and then all of the European countries with which it cameinto contact. This book considers each aspect of the encounter of Stalin with Europe: the attempt to create a kind of European state by accelerating the European model of industrial development; mass murder in anticipation of a war against European powers; the actual contact with Europe's greatestpower, Nazi Germany, during four years of war fought chiefly on Soviet territory and bringing untold millions of deaths, including much of the Holocaust; and finally the reestablishment of the Soviet system, not just in the reestablished Soviet system, but in the Baltic States, Poland,Czechoslovakia, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, and East Germany. The contributors take up not just high politics but also the experiences of the populations that were affected by them. Divided into four parts, the book deals with Soviet politics and actions mainly in the 1930s; the Soviet invasion and occupation of Poland; German aggression against the SovietUnion as well as plans for occupation and their improvised implementation; and Soviet wartime plans for the postwar period. This volume brings together the best work from a multi-year project sponsored by the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, including scholars who have worked with archivalmaterials in numerous countries and whose research is often published in other languages.

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The Soviet Union was the largest state in the twentieth-century world, but its repressive power and terrible ambition were most clearly on display in Europe. Under the leadership of Joseph Stalin, the Soviet Union transformed itself and then all of the European countries with which it cameinto contact. This book considers each aspect...

Timothy Snyder is Housum Professor of History at Yale University. Raymond Brandon is a freelance translator, historian, and researcher based in Berlin.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:May 21, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsTimothy Snyder: Introduction: Soviet History and European History1. Lynne Viola: The Gulag and Police Colonization in the Soviet Union2. Sarah Cameron: The Sino-Kazakh Border and the Kazakh Famine3. Hiroaki Kuromiya and Andrzej Peplonski: Stalin, Espionage, and Counter-Espionage4. Rafal Wnuk: The Polish Underground under Soviet Occupation, 1939-19415. Marek Wierzbicki: Soviet Economic Policy in Annexed Eastern Poland, 1939-19416. Christoph Mick: Lviv under Soviet Rule, 1939-19417. Alex J. Kay: German Economic Plans for the Soviet Union, 1941-19448. Dieter Pohl: The Holocaust in Ukraine9. Timm Richter: Belarusian Partisans and German Reprisals10. Geoffrey Roberts: Stalin's Wartime Vision of the Peace, 1939-194511. Mark Kramer: The Consolidation of a Communist Bloc in Eastern Europe, 1941-194812. Mark Kramer: The Tito-Stalin Split and the Reconsolidation of the Bloc, 1948-1953Index