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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Magnetic Mountain by Stephen Kotkin – Paperback – University of California Press
Thematically organized and closely focused, Magnetic Mountain signals the beginning of a new stage in the writing of Soviet social history.
References to this book Moderne und Gewalt: Open Preview See a Problem? This book is what happens when you are one of nagnetic first historians allowed into the archives after the fall of the “iron curtain. Kotkin uses the local study to help explain the broader strokes of Soviet history, msgnetic is f 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.
Despite the harsh censorship, the Magnitgorsk Worker newspaper catalogued many of the failures of local elites, moungain the inability of the Steel Mkuntain 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.
Jan 04, Nicola rated it it was amazing. The case itself– the creation of an industrial city in the middle of nowhere, is absolutely an amazing story. In this book Stephen Kotkin does what might seem impossible. 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 A fascinating mounyain that illustrates the project of building a socialist society under Stalinist terms, and how this process was highly experimental and often contradictory.
Jul 03, Nathan rated it really liked it. An amazing book, it redefines Stalinism in a subtle and penetrating way. Oct 19, Shane Avery rated it it was amazing Shelves: Mike Burton rated it it was amazing Oct 06, My library Help Advanced Book Search. Want to Read magnetkc.
Magnetic mountain: Stalinism as a civilization
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. Stalinism as a Kootkin Stephen Kotkin Mountaon preview – Sep 28, AskHistorians added it Shelves: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. He specializes in the history of the Soviet Union and has recently begun to research Eurasia more generally.
University of California PressFeb 27, – History – pages. University of California Pr Amazon. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. He studied Russian and Soviet history under Magnteic E.
He is a historian, academic and author. He immerses the reader in the complete world of a Stalinist boomtown in the s.
Stalinism as a Civilization Stephen Kotkin No preview available – 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. Other editions – View all Magnetic Mountain: With unique access to previously untapped archives and interviews, Kotkin forges a vivid and compelling account of the impact of industrialization kotmin a single urban community.
Kotkin spent some pages saying what he could have said in it’s thick with mountin and half of the book was also endnotes pages View all 3 comments. Kotkin uses the local study to help explain the broader strokes of Soviet history, and is far from afraid of an historiographic fight.
Interesting, but a bit pretentious. Jan 02, Frank Stein rated it it was amazing. Taking advantage of the full range of published and unpublished Soviet sources, he details what everyday life looked like to people living unde In this book Stephen Kotkin does what might seem impossible. Reviews “A kind of archaeological analysis of Soviet life during the momentous years of Stalinist industrialization. To ask other readers questions about Magnetic Mountainplease sign up.
Kotkin depicts a whole range of life: It gives an account of the real lives, the failures and few successes of this Socialist attempt to emulate the corporate town of America. This book made mountaain want to stab myself in the eye with a sewing needle.
Josh rated it it was amazing Sep 25, About the Book This study is the first of its kind: