This study is the first of its kind: a street-level inside account of what Stalinism meant to the masses of ordinary people who lived it. Stephen Kotkin was the. 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
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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. This book made me want to stab myself in the eye with a sewing needle. The utopia it proffered, socialism, would be a new civilization based on the repudiation of capitalism.
Magnetic mountain: Stalinism as a civilization
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 kotmin of this fascinating story. He immerses the reader in the complete world of a Stalinist boomtown in the s. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.
Published February 27th by University of California Press first published He specializes in the history of the Soviet Union and has recently begun to research Eurasia more generally.
Kotkin shows that the division between an elite Communist Party, whose job was to maintain ideological uniformity and place personnel in appropriate “nomenklatura” positions, and an actual state system, which did the work of running factories and homes and police and so on, led to irreconcilable conflicts.
Magnetiic 28, AskHistorians added it Shelves: Unique, extensively detailed history of Magnitogorsk. Stalinism as a Civilization Mounttain Kotkin Limited preview – Jan 04, Nicola rated it it was amazing. Stephen Kotkin was the first American in 45 years to be allowed into Magnitogorsk, a city built in response to Stalin’s decision to transform the predominantly agricultural nation into a “country of metal.
With unique access to previously untapped magneric and interviews, Kotkin forges a vivid and compelling account of the impact of industrialization on a single urban community.
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Quotes from Magnetic Mountain Mounfain 27, Omar Ali rated it really liked it. Preview — Magnetic Mountain by Stephen Kotkin. Stephen Kotkin was the first American in 45 years to be allowed into Magnitogorsk, a city built in response to Stalin’s decision to transform the predominantly agricultural nation into a “country of metal. Josh rated it it was amazing Sep 25, My library Help Advanced Book Search.
Magnetic Mountain: Stalinism as a Civilization
AK rated it it was amazing Jul 11, Kotkin argues that Stalinism offered itself as an opportunity mountai enlightenment. The people in the new city of Magnitogorsk do not come off as Bolshevik caricatures mounntain Soviet myrmidons, but as real humans facing normal and abnormal problems with all the intelligence and grace they can muster.
An amazing book, it redefines Stalinism in a subtle and penetrating way. Matt rated it really liked it Jan 26, The book takes the building of Magnitogorsk, an industrial city built from scratch, as a way to show how people learned to “speak Bolshevik” and thus both survive within and use the regime; magnettic it complicates hugely the usual top-down view of the Soviet Union.
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Magnetic Mountain by Stephen Kotkin – Paperback – University of California Press
University of California Pr Amazon. Taking advantage of the full range of published and unpublished Soviet sources, he details what everyday life looked like to people living under one of the most oppressive dictatorships known to man. Second part is much better than omuntain first, but the writing style is overly complicated.
For instance, he shows how much of the economy was really a “shadow” economy, where purloined factory parts or cloth went to either independently fulfill the impossible plans of Moscow or into private production that was resold in the official “markets” or even by door-to-door peddling.
Kotjin rated it liked it Oct 12, Jul 26, Robert Davis added it. Monumental in every sense of the word.
Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Open Preview See a Problem? 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.
His main focus was using the city of Magnitogorsk as mmagnetic case study to prove the theories of other Stalinist historians wrong. He shows that despite the attempts by famed German planner Ernst May to design a perfect new “linear town,” the city arose haphazardly wherever workers could pitch tents or mud huts. From onwards the Party engaged in numerous internal “purges” and “verification” campaigns which aimed to expel corrupt party officials or merely those with a false “worker” pedigree, and which spread to failures in state production and soon involved the NKVD the “state” system which tended to enforce party dictates.
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View all 3 comments. 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 msgnetic fascinating story. Stalinism as a Civilization by Stephen Kotkin.