Young Stalin

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0297863843

Category: History

Page: 480

View: 8066

Winner of the Costa Biography Award What makes a Stalin? Was he a Tsarist agent or Lenin's bandit? Was he to blame for his wife's death? When did the killing start? Based on revelatory research, here is the thrilling story of how a charismatic cobbler's son became a student priest, romantic poet, prolific lover, gangster mastermind and murderous revolutionary. Culminating in the 1917 revolution, Simon Sebag Montefiore's bestselling biography radically alters our understanding of the gifted politician and fanatical Marxist who shaped the Soviet empire in his own brutal image. This is the story of how Stalin became Stalin.

Generation Stalin

French Writers, the Fatherland, and the Cult of Personality

Author: Andrew Sobanet

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253038243

Category: History

Page: 312

View: 7825

Generation Stalin traces Joseph Stalin’s rise as a dominant figure in French political culture from the 1930s through the 1950s. Andrew Sobanet brings to light the crucial role French writers played in building Stalin’s cult of personality and in disseminating Stalinist propaganda in the international Communist sphere, including within the USSR. Based on a wide array of sources—literary, cinematic, historical, and archival—Generation Stalin situates in a broad cultural context the work of the most prominent intellectuals affiliated with the French Communist Party, including Goncourt winner Henri Barbusse, Nobel laureate Romain Rolland, renowned poet Paul Eluard, and canonical literary figure Louis Aragon. Generation Stalin arrives at a pivotal moment, with the Stalin cult and elements of Stalinist ideology resurgent in twenty-first-century Russia and authoritarianism on the rise around the world.


Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928

Author: Stephen Kotkin

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698170105

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 976

View: 5504

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. When the band seizes control of the country in the aftermath of total world war, the former seminarian ruthlessly dominates the new regime until he stands as absolute ruler of a vast and terrible state apparatus, with dominion over Eurasia. While still building his power base within the Bolshevik dictatorship, he embarks upon the greatest gamble of his political life and the largest program of social reengineering ever attempted: the collectivization of all agriculture and industry across one sixth of the earth. Millions will die, and many more millions will suffer, but the man will push through to the end against all resistance and doubts. Where did such power come from? In Stalin, Stephen Kotkin offers a biography that, at long last, is equal to this shrewd, sociopathic, charismatic dictator in all his dimensions. 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. We see a man inclined to despotism who could be utterly charming, a pragmatic ideologue, a leader who obsessed over slights yet was a precocious geostrategic thinker—unique among Bolsheviks—and yet who made egregious strategic blunders. Through it all, we see Stalin’s unflinching persistence, his sheer force of will—perhaps the ultimate key to understanding his indelible mark on history. Stalin gives an intimate view of the Bolshevik regime’s inner geography of power, bringing to the fore fresh materials from Soviet military intelligence and the secret police. 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. At the same time, Kotkin demonstrates the impossibility of understanding Stalin’s momentous decisions outside of the context of the tragic history of imperial Russia. The product of a decade of intrepid research, Stalin is a landmark achievement, a work that recasts the way we think about the Soviet Union, revolution, dictatorship, the twentieth century, and indeed the art of history itself. Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941 will be published by Penguin Press in October 2017

Die Königlichen Kaninchen von London. Flucht aus dem Turm

Author: Santa Montefiore,Simon Sebag Montefiore

Publisher: Woow Books

ISBN: 3961775087

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 160

View: 9809

Shylo und die Königlichen Kaninchen von London sind zurück – und sie hüpfen direkt ins nächste Abenteuer! Die gemeinen Ratzis wollen den Staatsbesuch des Präsidenten der USA vereiteln, indem sie ihn live im Fernsehen lächerlich machen. Von den Königlichen Kaninchen ist also wieder ganz viel Einfallsreichtum gefragt, um die Ratzis von ihrem Plan abzuhalten. Und Shylo muss beweisen, dass er zurecht in den Geheimbund aufgenommen wurde ...


am Hof des roten Zaren

Author: Simon Montefiore

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783596172511


Page: 874

View: 1195



Eine Biographie

Author: Oleg Chlewnjuk

Publisher: Siedler Verlag

ISBN: 3641153492

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 592

View: 2882

Der Diktator und seine Herrschaft. Ein neuer Blick auf Stalin. Am Morgen des 1. März 1953, kurz nachdem er seinen engsten Führungszirkel verabschiedet hat, erleidet Josef Stalin in seiner Datscha bei Moskau einen Schlaganfall. Wenige Tage später ist er tot. Oleg Chlewnjuk, einer der führenden Stalinismus-Experten, nimmt diese letzten Lebenstage zum Ausgangspunkt einer beeindruckenden Biographie – auf Grundlage bisher unbekannter Quellen aus sowjetischen Archiven eröffnet sie einen neuen Blick auf den Diktator und seine Herrschaft. So spiegelt sich in Stalins letzten Tagen nicht nur der eigentümliche Charakter seines Regimes, auch seine intimste Umgebung gerät ins Blickfeld. Die Phase des Abschieds erschließt zudem eine neue Perspektive auf die wichtigsten Stationen seines Lebens: Kindheit und Jugend in Georgien, der Weg vom jungen Revolutionär zum politischen Führer und grausamen Despoten, der Kampf gegen Nazi-Deutschland, der Beginn des Kalten Krieges. Chlewnjuk durchleuchtet die elitären Machtzirkel des Kremls, die Stalin umgeben – und zeigt damit, wie untrennbar die Person des Diktators mit der Geschichte des sowjetischen Terrors verknüpft ist.


Man and Ruler

Author: Robert H. McNeal

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1349074616

Category: History

Page: 389

View: 9539


Stalin's Genocides

Author: Norman M. Naimark

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400836062

Category: History

Page: 176

View: 9580

Between the early 1930s and his death in 1953, Joseph Stalin had more than a million of his own citizens executed. Millions more fell victim to forced labor, deportation, famine, bloody massacres, and detention and interrogation by Stalin's henchmen. Stalin's Genocides is the chilling story of these crimes. The book puts forward the important argument that brutal mass killings under Stalin in the 1930s were indeed acts of genocide and that the Soviet dictator himself was behind them. Norman Naimark, one of our most respected authorities on the Soviet era, challenges the widely held notion that Stalin's crimes do not constitute genocide, which the United Nations defines as the premeditated killing of a group of people because of their race, religion, or inherent national qualities. In this gripping book, Naimark explains how Stalin became a pitiless mass killer. He looks at the most consequential and harrowing episodes of Stalin's systematic destruction of his own populace--the liquidation and repression of the so-called kulaks, the Ukrainian famine, the purge of nationalities, and the Great Terror--and examines them in light of other genocides in history. In addition, Naimark compares Stalin's crimes with those of the most notorious genocidal killer of them all, Adolf Hitler.

Politics of Memory in Post-Communist Europe

Author: Corina Dobos,Marius Stan

Publisher: Zeta Books

ISBN: 9731997865

Category: Electronic books

Page: 291

View: 4573

Comparative case studies of how memories of World War II have been constructed and revised in France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Italy, and the USSR (Russia).

Der junge Stalin

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104029962

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 544

View: 2166

»Eine Art ›Der Pate, Teil 1‹: Wahrscheinlich die größte historische Biographie des Jahres« The Observer Revolutionär, Bankräuber, Dichter, Priesterschüler, Ehemann, Liebhaber, Vater – all dies war der junge Stalin zugleich. Wenig war bisher bekannt über die Jugend und das so außergewöhnliche wie abenteuerliche Leben des späteren Diktators. Der Historiker und Bestsellerautor Simon Sebag Montefiore hat zahllose unbekannte Dokumente zu Tage gefördert und erzählt die packende, bisher ungeschriebene Geschichte des jungen Josef Stalin und wie aus ihm der gefürchtete Diktator und Staatsmann wurde. »Kein Historiker ist Stalin so nah auf die Haut gerückt wie Simon Sebag Montefiore.« Berliner Zeitung


Early Stalin

Author: Ravi Ravindranathan

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1483691160

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 9195

Early Stalin, the first volume in a forthcoming trilogy of historical fiction on the life of Joseph Stalin entitled Death Only Wins, tells the story of the future Soviet dictator in two parts, Caucasus and Siberia: In and Out. It recounts Stalin's abysmal childhood, his mother's efforts to get him into the Orthodox priesthood, his ecclesiastical education, his expulsion from the Tiflis Theological Seminary, his life as an organizer of robberies to fund Lenin's revolutionary enterprises, his first marriage, the death of his wife, his love affairs, his trips abroad, and his many arrests, exiles, and escapes from Siberia. Always in the background of the novel is the land of Georgia with its splendid food and wine, spectacular beauty, literature, customs, and culture in general as well as the harshness of the Siberian landscape. A major purpose of the first volume is to provide clues to Stalin's behaviour as ruler of the Soviet Union, an explanation of how Stalin became Stalin.

The Stalin Era

Author: Philip Boobbyer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134739370

Category: History

Page: 272

View: 9176

This book provides a wide-ranging history of every aspect of Stalin's dictatorship over the peoples of the Soviet Union. Drawing upon a huge array of primary and secondary sources, The Stalin Era is a first-hand account of Stalinist thought, policy and and their effects. It places the man and his ideology into context both within pre-Revolutionary Russia, Lenin's Soviet Union and post-Stalinist Russia. The Stalin Era examines: * collectivisation * industrialisation * terror * government * the Cult of Stalin * education and Science * family * religion: The Russian Orthodox Church * art and the state.

The Assassination of Europe, 1918-1942

A Political History

Author: Howard M. Sachar

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442609214

Category: History

Page: 480

View: 2651

In this fascinating volume, renowned historian Howard M. Sachar relates the tragedy of twentieth-century Europe through an innovative, riveting account of the continent's political assassinations between 1918 and 1939 and beyond. By tracing the violent deaths of key public figures during an exceptionally fraught time period—the aftermath of World War I—Sachar lays bare a much larger history: the gradual moral and political demise of European civilization and its descent into World War II. In his famously arresting prose, Sachar traces the assassinations of Rosa Luxemburg, Kurt Eisner, Matthias Erzberger, and Walther Rathenau in Germany—a lethal chain reaction that contributed to the Weimar Republic's eventual collapse and Hitler's rise to power. Sachar's exploration of political fragility in Italy, Austria, the successor states of Eastern Europe, and France completes a mordant yet intriguing exposure of the Old World's lethal vulnerability. The final chapter, which chronicles the deaths of Stefan and Lotte Zweig, serves as a thought-provoking metaphor for the assassination of the Old World itself.

The Making of Modern Georgia, 1918-2012

The First Georgian Republic and its Successors

Author: Stephen F. Jones

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317815920

Category: Social Science

Page: 364

View: 2011

When most of Eastern Europe was struggling with dictatorships of one kind or another, the Democratic Republic of Georgia (1918-1921) established a constitution, a parliamentary system with national elections, an active opposition, and a free press. Like the Democratic Republic of Georgia in 1918, its successors emerged after 1991 from a bankrupt empire, and faced, yet again, the task of establishing a new economic, political and social system from scratch. In both 1918 and 1991, Georgia was confronted with a hostile Russia and followed a pro-Western and pro-democratic course. The top regional experts in this book explore the domestic and external parallels between the Georgian post-colonial governments of the early twentieth and twenty-first centuries. How did the inexperienced Georgian leaders in both eras deal with the challenge of secessionism, what were their state building strategies, and what did democracy mean to them? What did their electoral systems look like, why were their economic strategies so different, and how did they negotiate with the international community neighbouring threats. These are the central challenges of transitional governments around the world today. Georgia’s experience over one hundred years suggests that both history and contemporary political analysis offer the best (and most interesting) explanation of the often ambivalent outcomes.

Stalin: History in an Hour

Author: Rupert Colley

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007508069

Category: History

Page: 60

View: 1436

Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour.


Am Hof des roten Zaren

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104008000

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 896

View: 911

Spannend und fesselnd wie ein großer russischer Roman: Diese aufsehenerregende Stalin-Biographie voll neuer Perspektiven wurde in England in wenigen Wochen zum heißdiskutierten Bestseller. Nie zuvor konnte man "Väterchen Stalin" so nahe kommen. Über 20 Wochen auf der Spiegel - Bestsellerliste

Joseph Stalin

A Biographical Companion

Author: Helen Rappaport

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1576070840

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 372

View: 8443

Reveals the more personal side of the Machiavellian mastermind who not only orchestrated the Great Terror but also forged the USSR into a world power


Eine Biographie

Author: Raymond Kuhlmann

Publisher: MEHRING Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3886346781

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 511

View: 5403

Ende der dreißiger Jahre arbeitete Leo Trotzki an der Biografie Josef Stalins. Er entfaltet in ihr vor den Augen des Lesers die Persönlichkeit Stalins in ihrer Beschränktheit und ihrer Ablehnung systematischer theoretischer Arbeit, die es ihm zeitlebens verwehrt hat, sich die weitgespannte Weltanschauung des Marxismus zu Eigen zu machen. Er zeigt, dass Stalin keine tragende Rolle in der Vorbereitungszeit der Oktoberrevolution von 1917 inne hatte, sondern dem Prozess der Ideengebung und Auseinandersetzung nur aus dem Abseits folgte. Stalins Zeit begann erst nach dem Ende des Bürgerkriegs, nach der Konsolidierung der Macht, die zusammenfiel mit Niederlagen der internationalen Arbeiterbewegung. Der wachsende Apparat im Staat fand in Stalin den Kopf, der weder moralische Skrupel noch ideologische Vorbehalte kannte, und seine charakteristische Ablehnung inhaltlicher Auseinandersetzung vervollständigten Stalins Eignung zum Vollstrecker des Thermidor. Die ersten sieben Kapitel behandeln die Jugend Stalins, seinen Anschluss an die Sozialdemokratie, die Zeit von Krieg und Verbannung und Stalins Rolle im Jahr 1917. Die weiteren Kapitel wurden aus den hinterlassenen Notizen und Fragmenten Trotzkis von Charles Malamuth, einem Übersetzer von Trotzkis Schriften ins Englische, zusammengestellt und veröffentlicht. Leo Trotzki konnte diese Biografie Stalins nicht vollenden, denn im August 1940 wurde er durch einen Agenten der stalinschen Geheimpolizei GPU in Mexiko ermordet.

The Secret File of Joseph Stalin

A Hidden Life

Author: Roman Brackman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135758409

Category: History

Page: 486

View: 5985

This account of Stalin's life begins with his early years, the family breakup caused by the suspicion that the boy was the result of an adulterous affair, the abuse by his father and the growth of the traumatized boy into criminal, spy, and finally one of the 20th century's political monsters.