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  • Published: 30 October 2014
  • ISBN: 9780718192983
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 976
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Stalin, Vol. I

Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928




A major new biography - the story of how a petty gangster from the Caucasus became one of the most powerful and feared figures of the modern era

In January 1928 Stalin, the ruler of the largest country in the world, boarded a train bound for Siberia where he would embark upon the greatest gamble of his political life. He was about to begin the largest programme of social reengineering ever attempted: the root-and-branch uprooting and collectivization of agriculture and industry across the entire Soviet Union. Millions would die, and many more would suffer. How did Stalin get to this point? Where did such great, monstrous power come from?

The first of three volumes, the product of a decade of scrupulous and intrepid research, this landmark book offers the most convincing portrait and explanation yet of Stalin's power, and of Russian power in the world.

  • Published: 30 October 2014
  • ISBN: 9780718192983
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 976
Categories:

About the author

Stephen Kotkin

Stephen Kotkin is Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at Princeton University, with a joint appointment as Professor of International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School. He is the author of the enormously influential books Magnetic Mountain:Stalinism as a Civilization and Armageddon Averted: The Soviet Collapse 1970—2000 and contributes regularly to The New York Times, The New Republic, and the BBC.

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