- By Robert C. Tucker

Stalin in Power: The Revolution from Above, 1928-1941

  • Title: Stalin in Power: The Revolution from Above, 1928-1941
  • Author: Robert C. Tucker
  • ISBN: 9780393308693
  • Page: 371
  • Format: Paperback
  • Stalin in Power The Revolution from Above This book forms the second volume of Tucker s biography of Stalin the first volume of which was Stalin as Revolutionary The author shows that Stalin was a Bolshevik of the radical right whose revolut

    This book forms the second volume of Tucker s biography of Stalin, the first volume of which was Stalin as Revolutionary The author shows that Stalin was a Bolshevik of the radical right whose revolution cast the country deep into its imperial, autocratic past In 1929 Stalin plunged Soviet Russia into a coercive revolution from above , a decade long effort to amass miThis book forms the second volume of Tucker s biography of Stalin, the first volume of which was Stalin as Revolutionary The author shows that Stalin was a Bolshevik of the radical right whose revolution cast the country deep into its imperial, autocratic past In 1929 Stalin plunged Soviet Russia into a coercive revolution from above , a decade long effort to amass military industrial power for a new war He forced 25 million peasant families into state run collectives and transformed the Communist Party into a servile instrument In 1939, he concluded the pact with Hitler that enabled him to grasp at Eastern Europe while Hitler made war in the West Tucker brings a fresh analysis to these events and to the Terror of the 1930s, revealing the motives and methods of what he calls the greatest murder mystery of this century.

    1 thought on “Stalin in Power: The Revolution from Above, 1928-1941

    1. A very detailed history of Stalin's ascent to absolute power and his consolidation of an autocratic National-Bolshevik regime.Generally well researched, authoritative in its scholarship and treatment of available primary sources, this book provides a gripping narrative of how the Lenin-inspired Soviet regime of the October Revolution was radically transformed by Stalin, in a deep and ruthless "revolution from above" involving an almost complete destruction of the Old-Bolshevik political leading [...]

    2. Tucker's book is a wonderful example to superlative scholarship. My only comment is that I would have preferred that he limit the repetition of his psychoanalysis of Stalin to once per 100 pages rather than once per 10 pages. That bit get tedious, after its first 50 to 60 appearances.I have had trouble finishing the book, not because of Tucker's writing, but it becomes harder and harder to tolerate Stalin - especially after having read five or six or seven biographies already. But I will finish. [...]

    3. Непоганий аналіз становлення та зміцнення авторитарної влади Й.Сталіна в Союзі. Показано цинічне та жорстоке усунення політичних конкурентів.

    4. A little too textbooky and not very well written (he's terrible for unclear pronouns), but very informative and, mostly, fascinating. I'm almost sorry I now know so much about Stalin, what a horrible, miserable human being.

    5. Complex, fascinating, well written and most important, brilliantly documented. Robert C. Tucker did a marvelous work in dissecting one of the deepest horrors in history, the tragedy which struck not only the Russian people, but the entire eastern Europe, as well as the rest of the world. The complexity of the story is matched by the complexity of its main character, I. V. Stalin, and of its historical and social context. The psychological key of the study is explaining partly the tragic enormity [...]

    6. This is a solid examination of Stalin's seizure of power, including the 5-yr plans and the Terror up until the 2nd WW. It discusses events, so it is not necessary to already know the history, but it also delves into the potential mindset of Stalin. A great deal is shadowed in the past with Stalin and there is the persistent question of whether he was a man trying to create his view of Marxism for a better world or if he was just a power-hungry tyrant using Marxism to control the people.

    7. A fascinating exploration of Stalin's warped psychology and his methods of imposing it on a whole nation.Writing is clear and well-organized despite the large cast of characters.

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