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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His first volume on the life of Joseph Stalin, a page biography analyzing his life throughreceived strong reviews.
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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 Paradoxes of Power, Apr 08, Tessa rated it did not like it. Stephen Mark Kotkin was born on February 17, Jul 26, Robert Davis added it. Sep 24, Kathryn rated it liked it.
Kotkin graduated from the University of Rochester in with a B.
Open Preview See a Problem? Josh rated it it was amazing Sep 25, Mike Burton rated it it was amazing Oct 06, He published Armageddon Averteda short history of the fall of the Soviet Unionin Retrieved from ” https: 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 mxgnetic and an industrial powerhouse.
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Magnetic Mountain: Stalinism as a Civilization by Stephen Kotkin
Kotkin depicts a whole range of life: Jul 03, Nathan rated it really liked it. Views Read Edit View history. View all 3 comments. Jan 10, morning Os rated it it was amazing Shelves: He joined the faculty at Princeton University inand was the director of the Russian and Eurasian Studies Program for 13 years and is currently the co-director of the Mountsin Program in History and Diplomacy —present. He is currently the John P. Taking advantage of the full range of published and unpublished Soviet sources, he details what everyday life looked like to people living unde In this book Stephen Kotkin does what might seem impossible.
The case itself– the creation of an industrial city in the middle of nowhere, is absolutely an amazing story. Kotkin argues that Stalinism offered itself as an opportunity for enlightenment.
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Todd rated it it was amazing Sep 27, Refresh and try again. 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.
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.
Starting inKotkin traveled to the Soviet Union and then Russia multiple times for academic research and fellowships.
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He is a historian, academic and author. This book mountaain me want to stab myself in the eye with a sewing needle. He was a visiting scholar at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Quotes from Magnetic Mountain Maelia rated it liked it Oct 12, 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.
The text suffers from some redundancy, iotkin in the final chapter, but it is still a worthwhile read that provides an expert analysis of a complicated historical period, all through the microcosm of a planned mining town.
Bob rated it it was amazing Feb 13, Thematically organized and closely focused, Magnetic Mountain signals the beginning of a new stage in the writing of Soviet social history. This is a phenomenal work!! Stephen Kotkin, discussing his book, Stalin: