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 Magnetic Mountain has ratings and 18 reviews. Frank said: In this book Stephen Kotkin does what might seem impossible. He immerses the reader in the .
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Stephen Kotkin, discussing his book, Stalin: He immerses the reader in the complete world of a Stalinist boomtown in the s. He joined the faculty at Princeton University inand was the director of in Russian and Eurasian Studies Program for 13 years This study is a street-level inside account of what Stalinism meant to the masses of ordinary people who lived it.
Starting inKotkin traveled to the former Soviet Union several times for academic research and fellowships.
Magnetic mountain: Stalinism as a civilization
It’s magnteic to forget. Thematically organized and closely focused, Magnetic Mountain signals the beginning of a new stage in the writing of Soviet social history. He is a historian, academic and author. This is a phenomenal work!! The text suffers from some redundancy, mxgnetic in the final chapter, but it is still a worthwhile read that provides an expert analysis of a complicated mmagnetic period, all through the microcosm of a planned mining town.
The people in the new city of Magnitogorsk do not come off as Bolshevik caricatures or Soviet myrmidons, but as real humans facing normal and abnormal problems with all the intelligence and grace they can muster. Kotkin argues that Stalinism offered itself as an opportunity for enlightenment.
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Second part is much better than the first, but the writing style is overly complicated. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Unique, extensively detailed history of Magnitogorsk. He studied Russian and Soviet history under Reginald E.
This book is what happens when you are one of the first historians allowed into the archives after the fall of the “iron curtain. 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. University of California, Berkeley University of Rochester. The book also offers the best description Maggnetic read of the Terror. This study is the first of its kind: Michelle rated it it was amazing Mar 30, Todd rated it it was amazing Sep 27, A fascinating text that illustrates the project of building a socialist society under Stalinist terms, and how this process was highly experimental and often contradictory.
He studied Russian and Soviet history under Reginald E. A highly detailed yet broadly conceived study of Magnitogorsk, a Soviet steel complex and city created on the steppes of Russia as both a model socialist community and an industrial powerhouse. He published Armageddon Averteda short history of the fall of the Soviet Unionin Katia Shulga mountaiin it it was amazing Apr 16, Oct 19, Shane Avery rated it it was amazing Shelves: Paradoxes of Power, — .
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Kotkin depicts a whole range of life: I recommend this to everyone who likes history. The utopia it proffered, socialism, would be a new civilization based on the repudiation of capitalism.
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