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New Directions, 1st Edition

Edited by Sheila Fitzpatrick


400 pages

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Stalinism is a provocative addition to the current debates related to the history of the Stalinist period of the Soviet Union. Sheila Fitzpatrick has collected together the newest and the most exciting work by young Russian, American and European scholars, as well as some of the seminal articles that have influenced them, in an attempt to reassess this contentious subject in the light of new data and new theoretical approaches.

The articles are contextualized by a thorough introduction to the totalitarian/revisionist arguments and post-revisionist developments. Eschewing an exclusively high-political focus, the book draws together work on class, identity, consumption culture, and agency. Stalinist terror and nationalities policy are reappraised in the light of new archival findings. Stalinism offers a nuanced navigation of an emotive and misrepresented chapter of the Russian past.


'Superb and meticulous scholarship makes this … a particularly exciting set of essays … innovative and fascinating. Unreservedly recommended.' - The Lecturer

'In terms both of the selection of the contributions and the provision of contextualizing information, this volume is a model of its kind, which should prove immensely valuable not only for students but also for practitioners in the field of Soviet history.' - Maureen Perrie,

Table of Contents

Part I: Social identities Part II: Private and public practices Part III: Consumption and civilization Part IV: Varieties of terror Part V: Nationality as status

Contributors: Sheila Fitzpatrick, Sarah Davies, Jochen Hellbeck, Vladimir A. Kozlov, Alexei Kojevnikov, Julie Hessler, Vadim Volkov, Lewis H. Siegelbaum, James R. Harris, Paul Hagenloh, Yuri Slezkine, Terry Martin

About the Editor

Sheila Fitzpatrick is Bernadotte E. Schmitt Professor in History at the University of Chicago

About the Series

Rewriting Histories

Rewriting Histories focuses on historical themes where standard conclusions are facing a major challenge. Each book presents ten to fifteen papers (edited and annotated where necessary) at the forefront of current research and interpretation, offering students an accessible way to engage with contemporary debates.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General