This study is the first of its kind: a street-level inside account of what Stalinism meant to the masses of ordinary people who lived it. Stephen Kotkin was the. Kotkin argues that Stalinism offered itself as an opportunity for enlightenment. Thematically organized and closely focused, Magnetic Mountain signals the. This study is a street-level inside account of what Stalinism meant to the masses of ordinary people who lived it. Stephen Kotkin was the first American in
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Bob rated it it was amazing May 07, The book takes the building of Magnitogorsk, an industrial city built from scratch, as a way to show how people learned to “speak Bolshevik” and thus both survive within and use the regime; thus it complicates hugely the usual top-down view of the Soviet Union. Kotkin spent some pages saying what he could have said in it’s thick with repetition and half of the kokin was also endnotes pages He joined the faculty at Princeton University inand was the director of in Russian and Eurasian Studies Program for 13 years Stalinism as a Civilization.
The extent to which the citizenry participated in this scheme and the relationship of the state’s ambitions to the dreams of ordinary people form the substance of this fascinating story.
Magnetic mountain: Stalinism as a civilization
And to our convenience, the case works as a microcosm of the USSR that shows the logic of the state and people’s lives under Stalinism. In a way, pushing a recalcitrant Communist system involved constant criticism which is a cornucopia for a researcher.
Michelle rated it it was amazing Mar 30, The extent to which the citizenry participated in this scheme and the relationship of the state’s ambitions to the dreams of ordinary people form the substance of this fascinating story.
Oct 19, Shane Avery rated it it was amazing Shelves: Stalinism as a Civilization. Stalinism as a Civilization by Stephen Kotkin. Nov 08, Ben rated it really liked it.
He immerses the reader in the complete world of a Stalinist boomtown in the s. Jan 02, Frank Stein rated it it was amazing. Second part is much better than the first, but the writing style is overly complicated. Apr 04, Ottilie added it. Account Options Sign in. Jan 10, morning Os rated it it was amazing Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem.
Kotkin uses the local study to help explain the broader kotoin of Soviet history, and is far from afraid of an historiographic fight. References to this book Moderne und Gewalt: Interesting, but a bit pretentious. An amazing book, it redefines Stalinism in a subtle and penetrating way.
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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Stephen Kotkin was the first American in 45 years to be allowed into Magnitogorsk, a city built in response to Stalin’s decision to transform the predominantly agricultural nation into a country of metal. Books Digital Products Journals.
Matt rated it really liked it Jan 26, University of California Pr Amazon. The narrative arch is great, and the chapters are all gripping. Dec 15, Amanda rated it really liked it.
University of California Press- History – pages. Despite the harsh censorship, the Magnitgorsk Worker newspaper catalogued many of the failures of local elites, including the inability of the Steel Factories KPU living quarters unit to maintain their new barracks, the crime rampant in the “Convict Labor Colony,” mistakes in completing the city blast furnace and so on.
For instance, he shows how much of the economy was really a “shadow” economy, where purloined factory parts or cloth went to either independently fulfill the impossible plans of Moscow or into private production that was resold in the official “markets” or even by door-to-door peddling.
He shows that despite the attempts by famed German planner Ernst May to design a perfect new “linear town,” the city arose haphazardly wherever workers could pitch mounntain or mud huts.
This study is the first of its kind: Kotkjn Kotkin was the first American in 45 years to be allowed into Magnitogorsk, a city built in response to Stalin’s decision to transform the predominantly agricultural nation into a This book is what happens when you are one of the first historians allowed into the archives after the fall of the “iron curtain.
Return to Book Page. In this book Stephen Kotkin does what might seem impossible.
Magnetic Mountain: Stalinism as a Civilization
Stephen Mark Kotkin was born on February 17, Kotkin argues that Stalinism offered itself as an opportunity for enlightenment. University of California PressFeb 27, – History – pages. Preview — Magnetic Mountain by Stephen Kotkin. The content has become somewhat old-fashioned by now. To ask other readers questions about Magnetic Mountainplease sign up. Apr 04, Katie rated it liked it.
Magnetic mountain: Stalinism as a civilization
The case itself– the creation of an industrial city in the middle of nowhere, is absolutely an amazing story. Taking advantage of the full range of published and unpublished Soviet sources, he details what everyday life looked like to people living under one of the most oppressive dictatorships known to man.
Peter Imbusch No preview available – Kotkin shows that the division between an elite Communist Party, whose job was to maintain ideological uniformity and place personnel in appropriate “nomenklatura” positions, and an actual state system, which did the work of running factories and homes and police and so on, led to irreconcilable conflicts.