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Stalin and Stalinism

4th Edition

By Martin McCauley


200 pages

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One of the most successful dictators of the twentieth century, Stalin transformed the Communist Party of the Soviet Union into one of the world’s leading political parties. Stalin and Stalinism explores how he ammassed, retained and deployed power to dominate, not only his close associates, but the population of the Soviet Union and Soviet Empire.

Moving from leader to autocrat and finally despot, Stalin played a key role in shaping the first half of the twentieth century with, at one time, around one-third of the planet adopting his system. His influence lives on – despite turning their backs on Stalin’s anti-capitalism in the later twentieth century, countries such as China and Vietnam retain his political model – the unbridled power of the Communist Party. First published in 1983, Stalin and Stalinism has established itself as one of the most popular textbooks for those who want to understand the Stalin phenomenon. This updated fourth edition draws on a wealth of new publications, and includes increased discussion on culture, religion and the new society that Stalin fashioned as well as more on spying, Stalin's legacy, and his character as well as his actions.

Supported by a chronology of key events, Who’s Who and Guide to Further Reading, this concise assessment of one of the major figures of the twentieth-century world history remains an essential read for students of the subject.


'McCauley’s work is indispensable for courses in modern Russian history. It not only provides primary sources that make clear the oppression of the Stalin era, but also explains the historiography of this period, and provides an assessment of Stalin’s legacy, which resonates to this very day.'

Patricia Kollander, Florida Atlantic University, USA

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Fourth Edition List of Maps and Figures Chronology Who’s Who Glossary Map and Charts PART ONE THE CONTEXT 1 Introduction: The Problem PART TWO ANALYSIS 2 Early Years 3 The October Revolution, State Capitalism, War Communism and Civil War, 1917-21 4 The New Economic Policy, 1921-28 5 The Thirties 6 The Great Fatherland War, 1941-45 PART THREE ASSESSMENT 8 Personality and Power 9 The Judgement 10 The Legacy PART FOUR DOCUMENTS Further Reading References Index

About the Author

Martin McCauley is a prolific author and broadcaster who has a wealth of experience in Soviet, Russian and international affairs. He taught at the University of London for thirty years and at other universities. His recent publications include The Cold War 1949-2016 (2017), The Origins of the Cold War, 1944-1949 (4th edition, 2015), and The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union (2008).

About the Series

Seminar Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Russia & the Former Soviet Union