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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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Gradually, internal party purges ate up the entire country and led to a classic witch-hunt atmosphere.

This study is the first of its kind: Interesting, but a bit pretentious. This book made me want to stab myself in the eye with a sewing needle.

Kotkin shows that the division between an elite Communist Party, whose job was to maintain ideological uniformity and mounfain 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.

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. Stalinism as a Civilization.

Other editions – View all Magnetic Mountain: About the Book This study is the first of its kind: Despite the harsh censorship, the Magnitgorsk Kokin newspaper catalogued many of the failures of local elites, including the inability of the Steel Factories KPU living quarters unit to maintain their new barracks, the crime rampant in the “Convict Labor Colony,” mistakes in completing the city blast furnace and so on. To ask other readers questions about Mmountain Mountainplease sign up.


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.

Magnetic mountain: Stalinism as a civilization

This is a phenomenal work!! He is a historian, academic and author. Kotkin argues that Stalinism offered itself as an opportunity for enlightenment.

He studied Russian and Soviet history under Reginald E. This is a phenomenal study of a Soviet built industrial town. Nov 08, Ben rated it really liked it. This study is kotkjn first of its kind: By detailing everything from the shrine-like “Red Corners” in the city barracks to the Magnit Cinema showing movies such as “Party Card” and of course Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times” to the craze over “French Wrestling” at the local circus, Kotkin enriches our view of life and politics in an otherworldly time and place.

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Magnetic Mountain: Stalinism as a Civilization by Stephen Kotkin

I recommend this to everyone who likes history. Common terms and phrases According accused activities kotjin 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. Stephen Mark Kotkin was born on February 17, The text suffers from some redundancy, especially in the final chapter, but korkin is still a worthwhile read that provides an expert analysis of a complicated historical period, all through the microcosm of a planned mining town.


Katia Shulga rated it it was amazing Apr 16, University of California Press- History – pages.

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. The narrative arch is great, and the chapters are all gripping.

Magnetic Mountain: Stalinism as a Civilization

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. Paradoxes of Power, Of course such criticism was usually leveled at those already pushed out of the system or the Party.

Reviews “A kind of archaeological analysis of Soviet life during the momentous years of Stalinist industrialization. Kotkin does not dismiss the horrors of Stalinism, but he does argue with the “totalitarian” interpretation of mountakn, since he shows the innumerable ways individuals escaped its totalizing grasp. Michelle rated it it was amazing Mar 30, Peter Imbusch No preview available –