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Author Rubenstein, Joshua, author

Title The last days of Stalin / Joshua Rubenstein
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [2016]
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Contents The Death of Stalin -- A New Purge -- Stalin's Paranoia and the Jews -- The Kremlin Moves On -- The Surprise of Reform -- A Chance for Peace? -- The End of the Beginning -- Epilogue
Summary "Joshua Rubenstein's riveting account takes us back to the second half of 1952 when no one could foresee an end to Joseph Stalin's murderous regime. He was poised to challenge the newly elected U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower with armed force, and was also broadening a vicious campaign against Soviet Jews. Stalin's sudden collapse and death in March 1953 was as dramatic and mysterious as his life. It is no overstatement to say that his passing marked a major turning point in the twentieth century. The Last Days of Stalin is an engaging, briskly told account of the dictator's final active months, the vigil at his deathbed, and the unfolding of Soviet and international events in the months after his death. Rubenstein throws fresh light on: the devious plotting of Beria, Malenkov, Khrushchev, and other 'comrades in arms' who well understood the significance of the dictator's impending death; the witness-documented events of his death as compared to official published versions; Stalin's rumored plans to forcibly exile Soviet Jews; the responses of Eisenhower and Secretary of State Dulles to the Kremlin's conciliatory gestures after Stalin's death; and the momentous repercussions when Stalin's regime of terror was cut short"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed May 5, 2016)
Subject Stalin, Joseph, 1878-1953 -- Death and burial.
Stalin, Joseph, 1878-1953 -- Influence.
Stalin, Joseph, 1878-1953 -- Political and social views.
Stalin, Joseph, 1878-1953 -- Relations with Jews
Heads of state -- Soviet Union -- Biography.
Social change -- Soviet Union -- History.
Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- 1953-1975.
Soviet Union -- Politics and government -- 1936-1953.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0300216769 (electronic bk.)
9780300216769 (electronic bk.)