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Author Baberowski, Jörg, author.

Title Scorched earth : Stalin's reign of terror / Jorg Baberowski ; translated by Steven Gilbert, Ivo Komljen, and Samantha Jeanne Taber
Published New Haven, [Connecticut] ; London, [England] : Yale University Press, 2016
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Description 1 online resource (513 pages)
Series Yale-Hoover Series on Authoritarian Regimes
Yale-Hoover series on Stalin, Stalinism, and the Cold War.
Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Preface -- 1. What Was Stalinism? -- 2. Imperial Spaces of Violence -- 3. Pyrrhic Victories -- 4. Subjugation -- 5. Dictatorship of Dread -- 6. Wars -- 7. Stalin's Heirs -- Notes -- Index
Summary German scholar Jörg Baberowski is one of the world's leading experts on the Stalin era, but his work has seldom been translated into English. This book, an unremitting indictment of the mad violence with which Stalin ruled the Soviet Union, depicts Stalinism as a cruel and deliberate attack on Russian society, driven by "totalitarian ambitions" and the goal of modernizing and rationalizing a backward people. Baberowski takes a twofold approach, emphasizing Stalin's personal role and responsibility as well as the continuity he sees in Communist aims and ideology since 1917. Unlike recent apologist accounts that focus on the challenges of modernization or on the operational complexities of managing the Soviet state, this hard-hitting analysis unequivocally locates the origins of the terror in the culture of violence and the techniques of power. Detailed, well-documented, and including many new details on the workings of the Stalinist state, this powerful work encompasses the dictator's brutal reign from his achievement of total power in 1929 to his death in 1953
Notes Includes index
Description based on print version record
Subject Stalin, Joseph, 1878-1953.
Stalin, Joseph, 1878-1953
HISTORY / Russia & the Former Soviet Union.
Form Electronic book
Author Gilbert, Steven, translator.
Komljen, Ivo, translator.
Taber, Samantha Jeanne, translator.
ISBN 030022057X