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Stephen Kotkin - Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941

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Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Praised for its scope and detail, Kotkin’s magisterial Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928, brought the General Secretary to the point of transforming the world’s largest peasant economy to a modern socialist state. The second volume of the trilogy follows Stalin from 1929 to 1941 as he makes good on his promises by unleashing a string of five-year plans, enforcing collectivization, creating new factory towns, and integrating penal labor into the larger economy. These were also the years of the global Great Depression, Hitler’s rise to power, and Stalin’s increasing paranoia, which manifested itself in the purges of millions, from military leaders to artists. Finally, Kotkin, director of Princeton’s Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies program, covers Stalin’s 1939 pact with Hitler, in which the two leaders divided Poland—an act that did not appease the Nazis, who invaded a well-armed and determined, if not fully prepared USSR.


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ISBN: 9781594203800
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Published: Penguin Press - October 31st, 2017

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