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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Starting inKotkin traveled to the Soviet Union and then Russia multiple times for academic research and fellowships. This is a phenomenal study of a Soviet built industrial town.
Magnetic mountain: Stalinism as a civilization
Interesting, but a bit pretentious. Refresh and try again. University of California Press- History – pages. Co-authored with Charles K. Kotkin argues that Stalinism offered itself as an opportunity for enlightenment. Kotkin tells it deftly, with a remarkable understanding of the social and political system, as well as a keen instinct for the details of everyday life.
He specializes in the history of the Soviet Union and has recently begun to research Eurasia more generally. Published February 27th by University of California Press first published The people in the new city of Magnitogorsk do not come off as Bolshevik caricatures or Soviet myrmidons, but as real humans facing normal and abnormal kptkin with all the intelligence and grace they can muster.
With a contribution by Jan Gross. Maelia rated it liked it Oct 12, Paradoxes of Power, — Armageddon Averted: Magneyic rough to get through.
Common terms and phrases According accused activities administration April Archival file Nariad arrested August authorities barracks became blast furnace Bolshevik Borba building called capitalist Central Committee Cheliabinsk chief city newspaper city soviet city’s coke Communist construction culture December decree dekulakized documents E. References to this book Moderne und Gewalt: Thematically organized and closely focused, Magnetic Mountain signals the beginning of a new stage in the writing of Soviet social history.
The text suffers from some redundancy, especially 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.
Kotkin kotin that Stalinism offered itself as an opportunity for enlightenment. Trivia About Magnetic Mountain Return to Book Page.
Stalinism as a Civilization Stephen Kotkin No preview available – Gradually, internal party purges ate up the entire country and led to a classic witch-hunt atmosphere. Jul 26, Robert Davis added it. I read this book again while I was doing research on Japanese fascism in s, and it gave me great insight on the problem of ‘agency’ of ordinary people under a totalitarian state. Paperbackpages. It gives an account of the real lives, the failures and few successes of this Socialist attempt to emulate the corporate town of America.
A detailed look at how one windswept mountain of ore in the freezing steppe was transformed into the largest metallurgical complex in the nascent Soviet Union. Kotkin graduated from the University of Rochester in with a B. He studied Russian and Soviet history under Oktkin E. It deserves more than 5 stars. Account Options Sign in. Monumental in every sense of the word. University of California PressFeb 27, – History – pages.
The narrative mountajn is great, and the chapters are all gripping. Co-authored with Catherine Evtuhov. AK rated it it was amazing Jul 11, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Kotkin argues kotkln Stalinism offered itself as an opportunity for enlightenment. I’m not too big on Stalinist history anyway, so perhaps that was a problem as well.
He published Armageddon Averteda short history of the fall of the Soviet Unionin Kotkin tells it deftly, with a remarkable understanding of the social and political system, as well kotkiin a keen instinct for the details of everyday life. The content has become somewhat old-fashioned by now.
Magnetic Mountain by Stephen Kotkin – Paperback – University of California Press
Jan 02, Frank Stein rated it it was amazing. He joined the faculty at Princeton University inand was the director of in Russian and Eurasian Studies Program for 13 years This study is the first of its kind: A fascinating text that illustrates the project of building a socialist society under Stalinist terms, and how this process was highly experimental and often contradictory.
Kotkin does not dismiss the horrors of Stalinism, but he does argue with the “totalitarian” interpretation of it, since he shows the innumerable ways individuals escaped its totalizing grasp. Magneitc of California, Berkeley University of Rochester. The extent to which the citizenry participated in this scheme and the relationship of the state’s ambitions to the dreams of ordinary people form the substance of this fascinating story.
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 Certificate Program in History and Diplomacy —present. Paradoxes of Power, — . Stalinism as a Civilization by Stephen Kotkin. He is the John P.