By Stephen KotkinAllen Lane, 976pp, £30.00ISBN 9780713999440Published 30 October 2014. Moreover, after he became more absolute than the mightiest of the tsars, utterly indispensable, and remained of necessity accessible even on holiday, he faced unremitting consultations. In the vast literature on the Soviet Union, there is no study to rival Stephen Kotkin’s massive first instalment of a planned three-volume biography of Joseph Stalin. Not only does he spend quite a lot of the time discussing what is going on elsewhere, his observations of world events is idiosyncratic at best and unfounded drivel at worst. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Inescapably important reading.- John Lewis Gaddis, Yale University; author of George F. Kennan: A Life, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Biography: -In its size, sweep, sensitivity, and surprises, Stephen Kotkin's first volume on Stalin is a monumental achievement: the early life of a man we thought we knew, set against the world--no less--that he inhabited. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 November 2019, Excellent read, very informative and detailed. Kotkin was a Pultizer Prize finalist for Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928. Lenin, Kotkin leaves no doubt, led the way in both the revolution and in creating the cruel and despotic regime. Characterising Stalin in one-dimensional terms is impossible, for he was, observes Kotkin, “closed and gregarious, vindictive and solicitous”, and if inclined to be a despot, he could be utterly charming. Cancel anytime. If you want a serious reasoned objective view of Stalin and his life go anywhere but this rubbish. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stalin:_Paradoxes_of_Power,_1878-1928 Please try again. Therefore, along with the joy of fulfilled ambition and giddy pleasure at being the centre of attention came the torment and the burden of being responsible for everything, the inescapable paradoxes of his power. Only Tolstoy might have matched it.- William Taubman, Professor of Political Science Emeritus, Amherst College; author of Khrushchev: The Man and his Era, winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Biography-Stalin has had more than his fair share of biographies. His research, narrative and arguments are as convincing as they are exhaustive. Some chapters require close study, such as those on the Civil War of 1917-22, the evolution of the Soviet nationality programme, or the enduring brouhaha surrounding Lenin’s (oft-misdated, perhaps forged) “testament”. A magnificent new biography that revolutionizes our understanding of Stalin and his world It has the quality of myth: a poor cobbler's son, a seminarian from an oppressed outer province of the Russian empire, reinvents himself as a top leader in a band of revolutionary zealots. Comprar agora Adicionar ao carrinho E-book. R$ 39,90 ... Título original: STALIN: VOL. I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928 01 by Kotkin, Stephen (ISBN: 9780141027944) from Amazon's Book Store. © 1996-2021, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates, Stalin, Vol. Armageddon Averted: the Soviet Collapse, 1970–2000 (2001) Kotkin's most recent book is his second of three planned volumes which discuss the life and times of the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, namely Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878–1928 (2014) and Stalin, Vol. Unfortunately my concerns were very much realised. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? Surely, one can plausibly conclude from the text that “the Master” was a missionary in the cause of world communism, who in spite of certain over-indulgences, lived somewhat like a religious ascetic. Buy Stalin, Vol. PLUS, free expedited delivery. We learn that Stalin was for years “marinated in Communist ideology”, so that it is surprising to read shortly after that once in power, he found “himself in a lifelong quest for personal glory”, searching for the “secrets to ruling over men and things to further Russian power in the world”. Only Tolstoy might have matched it.” Mr. Kotkin’s volume joins an impressive shelf of books on Stalin. I was convinced by Kotkin’s depiction of Stalin and in awe of the level of research and incisiveness and clarity of analysis. I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928, Biographies of Presidents & Heads of State (Books). II, Waiting for Hitler, 1928–1941 (2017). Get a month's unlimited access to THE content online. Previous page. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 September 2020. Remarkably, Stephen Kotkin's epic new biography shows us how much we still have to learn. He does so by sticking to the facts--many of them fresh, all of them marshalled into a gripping, fine-grained story.- The Sunday Times (London) -Staggeringly researched, exhaustively thorough... Kotkin has no patience for the idea that Stalin... was a madman or a monster. This is one of the best history books I've read in years. A magnificent new biography that revolutionizes our understanding of Stalin and his world It has the quality of myth: a poor cobbler's son, a seminarian from an oppressed outer province of the Russian empire, reinvents himself as a top leader in a band of revolutionary zealots. More than just about "Stalin" a good but long read, Would recommend even if you're not especially interested in Stalin, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 November 2019. The book is more a “marriage of biography and history” (p. xi) than a traditional biography. Yet his rule still faced “a kind of built-in, structural paranoia, triumphant yet enveloped by ill-wishers and enemies”, a situation that inevitably reinforced his and most other Bolsheviks’ enduring suspiciousness. Customer reviews. Kotkin digs deeply enough into the thin documentation on Stalin’s Georgian roots to dismiss earlier biographers’ oft-exaggerated emphasis on the man’s childhood tribulations and youthful adventures. The book is long but very readable and highly accessible to the general reader.... Magisterial.- Donald Rayfield, Literary Review: -Masterful... No other work on Stalin incorporates so well the preliminary information needed by the general reader, yet challenges so thoroughly the specialist's preconceptions. The text is written in a very readable format and it's hard to put the book down. Again if you want a serious balanced consideration of Russia in the first half of the 20th century go elsewhere. In historical context, Kotkin profiles the three most important characters of the revolution; e.g. A professor of history at Princeton University, and known for his social-historical account of the city and industrial complex built in Magnitogorsk as part of the first Five-Year Plan, Kotkin has turned his energies to tackling the life and times of the inscrutable Soviet boss. Russian: How to Get Really Good at Russian: Learn Russian to F... Russian Short Stories for Beginners and Intermediate Learners:... Russian Conversation Made Natural: Engaging Dialogues to Learn... Includes your first audiobook free, a bonus book selected by our editors, unlimited access to exclusive podcasts and more. A must read and must have. Stalin, Volume I: 1 [Kotkin, Stephen] on Amazon.com.au. Harder to fathom is the Great Terror of 1937-1938, when more than 1.5 million people were arrested and nearly 700,000 executed, including hundreds of thousands of loyal party members and state officials. His personality and crimes, Kotkin thinks, are only explicable in the wider contexts of Russian imperial history and Marxist theory. For both this and a great biography of Stalin look no further than Robert Service. Stephen Kotkin's Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941 is the story of how a political system forged an unparalleled personality and vice versa. Stephen Kotkin’s Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, ... he second volume of what will surely rank as one of the greatest historical achievements of our age . Hugely impressive.- Sheila Fitzpatrick, The Guardian: -Unlike a number of Stalin studies, this is not an etiology of evil. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. This first volume leaves the reader longing for the story still to come.” Richard Pipes, The New York Review of Books: “This is a very serious biography that… is likely to well stand the test of time.” The Wall Street Journal: “Superb . The character of Stalin emerges as both astute and blinkered, cynical and true believing, people oriented and vicious, canny enough to see through people but prone to nonsensical beliefs. Full Professorship (W3) of Special Education, Receive World University Rankings news first, Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches, Participate in reader discussions and post comments, Unlimited access to news, views, insights & reviews. • • • Read more. But Stephen Kotkin's wonderfully broad-gauged work surpasses them all in both breadth and depth, showing brilliantly how the man, the time, the place, its history, and especially Russian/Soviet political culture, combined to produce one of history's greatest evil geniuses.- David Halloway, Raymond A. Spruance Professor of International History, Stanford University; author of Stalin and the Bomb -Stephen Kotkin's first volume on Stalin is ambitious in conception and masterly in execution. R$ 102,32. It’s biography on an epic scale. . Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1 . After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Building and running a dictatorship, with life and death power over hundreds of millions, made Stalin into the uncanny figure he became. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. Kotkin seeks to place Stalin in a global (or at least Eurasian) geopolitical context and tells “the story of Russia's power in the world and Stalin's power in Russia, recast as the Soviet Union” (p. xi). Livro Impresso R$ 127,90. Kotkin shows that, in the run up to 1917, Stalin was not playing any central role but that, once the Bolsheviks had seized power, Lenin increasingly valued Stalin’s attributes. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. The very existence of such a document and whispers about it plagued Stalin for years, as did the political brawling of interminable meetings and conferences. Stalin, Volume 1: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928, by Stephen Kotkin, Allen Lane, RRP£30/Penguin Press, RRP$40, 976 pages. Just register and complete your career summary. Next page. While undoubtedly brilliant, he nonetheless could not “escape a litany of nonsensical beliefs”. I have to wonder if I will read the two subsequent volumes. He tries to look at him at various stages of his career without the benefit of too much hindsight.... [Kotkin] is an engaging interlocutor with a sharp, irreverent wit... making the book a good read as well as an original and largely convincing interpretation of Stalin that should provoke lively arguments in the field.-, "An exceptionally ambitious biography... Kotkin builds the case for quite a different interpretation of Stalin--and for quite a few other things, too. II: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941, Armageddon Averted: The Soviet Collapse, 1970-2000, The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity; THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER. As ruler, he remained “an ideologue who was flexibly pragmatic”, “both astute and blinkered, diligent and self-defeating, cynical and true-believing, people oriented and vicious”. Registration is free and only takes a moment. Kotkin has chosen illustrations, many of them little known, which reveal the crippled psyches of his dramatis personae.- Booklist (starred): -An ambitious, massive, highly detailed work that offers fresh perspectives on the collapse of the czarist regime, the rise of the Bolsheviks, and the seemingly unlikely rise of Stalin to total power over much of the Eurasian land mass....This is an outstanding beginning to what promises to be a definitive work on the Stalin era.- Kirkus Reviews (starred): -Authoritative and rigorous.... Staggeringly wide in scope, this work meticulously examines the structural forces that brought down one autocratic regime and put in place another.- Publishers Weekly -This is an epic, thoroughly researched account that presents a broad vision of Stalin, from his birth to his rise to absolute power.- Library Journal -Kotkin has been researching his magisterial biography of Stalin for a decade. 1 Páginas: 1112 Formato: 16.00 X 23.00 cm Peso: 1.589 kg Acabamento: Livro capa dura Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus: Already registered or a current subscriber?Login, Controversial journal paper stirs debate on Asian wartime slavery, Academics must emphasise that thinking critically does not mean dismissing everything as biased, say Darren Linvill and Patrick Warren, ‘Insufficient evidence’ for Warwick historian’s allegation that concentration camp survivor had lesbian affair with SS guard, university panel says, Ann Hughes enjoys a set of sharp, wide-ranging essays by a historian who revolutionised our understanding of early modern Europe. Not a light read, but a weighty tome of scholarship. The author does not appear to be watching his subject narrowly for early signs of the monstrous deformations that will later emerge. Believe me if I could have given it 0 I would. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 July 2020. This reviewer, at least, is already impatient to read the next two volumes for their author's mastery of detail and the swagger of his judgments.- David Johnson, Johnson's Russia List -Required reading for serious Russia-watchers... As the product of years of work and careful thought, it is for me a reminder of what it takes to get close to the truth about important and controversial subjects. If you like what you're reading online, why not take advantage of our subscription and get unlimited access to all of Times Higher Education's content? “What regime liquidates colossal numbers of loyal officials?” asks 'Stalin: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928' is the first volume in a three volume series of tomes on the life of the Soviet dictator Iosef 'Soso' Jugashvili a.k.a Joseph Stalin by the eminent Princeton Professor of history and international affairs, Stephen Kotkin. When it is complete, it will surely become the standard work, and I heartily recommend it.- John Thornhill, Financial Times: -It is a measure of Kotkin's powers of research and explanation that Stalin's decisions can almost always be understood within the framework of his ideology and the context of his times.... With a ferocious determination worthy of his subject, the author debunks many of the myths to have encrusted themselves around Stalin.... [A] magnificent biography. A book that shows the factual history of communism and how it leads to anarchy! In this new biography of Stalin, Kotkin rejects the inherited wisdom about Stalin's psychological makeup, showing us instead how Stalin's near paranoia was fundamentally political, and closely tracks the Bolshevik revolution's structural paranoia, the predicament of a Communist regime in an overwhelmingly capitalist world, surrounded and penetrated by enemies. In the vast literature on the Soviet Union, there is no study to rival Stephen Kotkin’s massive first instalment of a planned three-volume biography of Joseph Stalin. By spring 1922, the role as the new leader all but fell into Stalin’s lap, and he soon possessed “boundless power”. STÁLIN - VOLUME 1: PARADOXOS DO PODER, 1878-1928. Kotkin combines biography with historical analysis in a way that brings out clearly Stalin's great political talents as well as the ruthlessness with which he applied them and the impact his policies had on Russia and the world. You'll get full access to our website, print and digital editions. Then again, readers must search to find the grounds for Stalin’s conversion to die-hard Leninist, particularly because the author hints at significant differences between the two revolutionaries in the pre-First World War years. An exceptionally thorough and persuasive analysis, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 February 2019. Stalin: Volume 1: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928, by Stephen Kotkin. T&C's apply. *FREE* shipping on eligible orders. In the vast literature on the Soviet Union, there is no study to rival Stephen Kotkin's massive first instalment of a planned three-volume biography of Joseph Stalin. The book's signature achievement... is its vast scope: Kotkin has set out to write not only the definitive life of Stalin but also the definitive history of the collapse of the Russian empire and the creation of the new Soviet empire in its place.". This book’s extraordinary final chapter, “If Stalin had died”, cannot fail to whet readers’ appetites for the next volumes in the biography, when the leader and the Soviet peoples would face greater challenges, costly victories and monumental tragedies. Frete GRÁTIS em milhares de produtos com o Amazon Prime. The Red Army’s high command was also decapitated, while Soviet diplomats suffered an equally devastating purge. Stalin, Vol. When it is complete, it will surely become the standard work, and I heartily recommend it. Free download or read online Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928 pdf (ePUB) book. In his biography of Stalin, Kotkin rejects the inherited wisdom about Stalin's psychological makeup, showing us instead how Stalin's near paranoia was fundamentally political and closely tracks the Bolshevik revolution's structural paranoia, the predicament of a Communist regime in an overwhelmingly capitalist world, surrounded and penetrated by enemies. It provides a brilliant account of Stalin's formation as a political actor up to his fateful decision to collectivize agriculture by force. few other biographies have so succeeded in showing how one man shaped his times, and how his times shaped him. Stalin, Vol. Stephen Kotkin offers a remarkable and comprehensive view of the 1917 Russian Revolution in “Stalin, Volume I”. Автор: Kotkin Stephen, Книга: Stalin, Volume 1, Издание: 2014 г. Encontre diversos livros escritos por Kotkin, Stephen com ótimos preços. -An exceptionally ambitious biography... Kotkin builds the case for quite a different interpretation of Stalin--and for quite a few other things, too. “In its size, sweep, sensitivity, and surprises, Stephen Kotkin’s first volume on Stalin is a monumental achievement: the early life of a man we thought we knew, set against the world—no less—that he inhabited. $16.45/mo after 30 days. Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941 is the second volume in an extensive three-volume biography of Joseph Stalin by American historian and Princeton Professor of History Stephen Kotkin. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, and Leon Trotsky. A study of the Soviet leader is a brilliant portrait of a man of contradictions, says Robert Gellately. Something went wrong. A study of the Soviet leader is a brilliant portrait of a man of contradictions, says Robert Gellately. Volume One of Stalin begins and ends in January 1928 as Stalin boards a train bound for Siberia, about to embark upon the greatest gamble of his political life. Stalin - Volume 1: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928: Amazon.es: Kotkin, Stephen: Libros en idiomas extranjeros Please try again. Kotkin reveals the full range of Stalin’s unique gifts and deep convictions. . Time will tell. On the other hand, and as we might expect in a work of this complexity, occasionally the author elides details, such as what Stalin learned after he “became familiar” with Lenin’s writing in 1901. The first edition of the novel was published in October 23rd 2014, and was written by Stephen Kotkin. I read his biography alongside this nonsense and that even more highlighted the inadequacy of this work. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. . Unable to add item to Wish List. A magnificent new biography that revolutionizes our understanding of Stalin and his world It has the quality of myth: a poor cobbler's son, a seminarian from an oppressed outer province of the Russian empire, reinvents himself as a top leader in a band of revolutionary zealots. Recorded on July 29, 2015Part 1: Stalin was born in a small town in Georgia in which he was educated to become a priest. He backs every line with a deep knowledge of the primary and secondary sources, and his approach combines biography with a social-structural analysis of Russia and of the global international system. . We learn much about the tsarist regime, the European background to and impact of the First World War, the Russian Revolution and the tumultuous years that followed. Stephen Kotkin. We think we know the story well. A magnificent new biography that revolutionizes our understanding of Stalin and his world It has the quality of myth: a poor cobbler's son, a seminarian from an oppressed outer province of the Russian empire, reinvents himself as a top leader in a band of revolutionary zealots. Indeed, when he moved to the Kremlin in 1926, he took the rooms that once housed the tsar’s ladies-in-waiting. Stalin, Volume I: 1 It also analyses reviews to verify trustworthiness. In this first volume of a planned three-volume biography, Kotkin (Uncivil Society) begins unraveling Stalin’s strange, monstrous life. Put bluntly if you want your history full of spurious opinions and sweeping judgements written in American vernacular then this is the book for you. Please try your request again later. This is a magisterial work on the grandest scale.- Strobe Talbott, president of the Brookings Institution: -More than any of Stalin's previous biographers, Stephen Kotkin humanizes one of the great monsters of history, thereby making the monstrosity more comprehensible than it has been before. John Thornhill is deputy editor of the FT. He shows that, even if the Bolsheviks were able to exploit the situation and seize power, that did … The volume is more than a mere biography. Compre online Stálin - Volume 1: Paradoxos do poder, 1878-1928, de Kotkin, Stephen na Amazon. The book was published in multiple languages including English, consists of 949 pages and is available in Paperback format. Stalin, Volume 1 - Kotkin Stephen - Читать книгу онлайн, скачать книгу бесплатно без регистрации. It's biography on an epic scale. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. For this reason I recommend it even if you're not especially interested in Stalin - it's just a fun-to-read book. 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