Stalin: Revolutionary in an Era of War

Paperback | September 4, 2006

byKevin McDermott

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Stalin's massive impact on Soviet history is often explained in terms of his inherent evil, personality defects, and power lust. This volume argues that Stalin's thoughts and actions are best contextualized in the inter-relationship between war and revolution in the first half of the twentieth century. Kevin McDermott incorporates recently declassified materials from the former Soviet Party archives and provides a critical review of western and Russian historiography.

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Stalin's massive impact on Soviet history is often explained in terms of his inherent evil, personality defects, and power lust. This volume argues that Stalin's thoughts and actions are best contextualized in the inter-relationship between war and revolution in the first half of the twentieth century. Kevin McDermott incorporates rece...

KEVIN MCDERMOTT is Senior Lecturer in Political History at Sheffield Hallam University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.45 × 5.54 × 0.52 inPublished:September 4, 2006Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:033371122X

ISBN - 13:9780333711224

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements * List of Abbreviations and Glossary of Terms * Introduction * Revolutionary * Oligarch * Moderniser * Dictator * Warlord * Statesman * Conclusion * Notes * Bibliography * Index

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"McDermott offers us a well-written and judicious consideration of the most prominent historical debates about the personality of Stalin, his contributions to the demise of NEP and the evolution of the Five-Year Plans, his role in the elaboration of Terror, his statesmanship during World War II, and the development of Soviet foreign policies during the Cold War." -Choi Chatterjee, California State University, Los Angeles