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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II, Waiting for Hitler, — In this book Stephen Kotkin does what might seem impossible. 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. Jennifer Siegel of The New York Times called the biography “a riveting tale, one written with pace and aplomb Stephen Kotkin was the mohntain 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.
Kotkin argues that Stalinism offered itself as an opportunity for enlightenment. Bob rated it it was amazing Feb 13, He joined the faculty at Princeton University inand was the director of in Russian and Eurasian Studies Program for 13 years Nov 08, Ben rated it really liked it. Stephen Mark Kotkin born February 17,  is an American historian, academic and author. An amazing book, it redefines Stalinism in a subtle and penetrating way. Kotkin’s incredibly thorough research allows him to tell the story of Magnitogorsk from both above – as it was planned, designed, and intended – and from below – how mountakn actual workers and citizens coped with life.
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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 substance of this fascinating story. Jul 03, Nathan rated it really liked it. Kotkin spent some pages saying what he could have said in it’s thick with repetition and half of the book was also endnotes pages I’m not too kotkih on Stalinist history anyway, so perhaps that was a problem as well. Taking advantage of the full range of published and unpublished Soviet sources, he details what everyday life looked like to people living unde In this book Stephen Kotkin does what might seem kotiin.
Magnetic mountain: Stalinism as a civilization
Kotkin argues that Stalinism offered itself as an opportunity for enlightenment. Trivia About Magnetic Mountain It deserves more than 5 stars. Jan 02, Frank Stein mountaain it it was amazing.
Thematically organized and closely focused, Magnetic Mountain signals the beginning of a new stage in the writing of Soviet social history. He is currently a professor in history and international affairs at Princeton University and a fellow at Stanford University ‘s Hoover Institution. Selected pages Title Page.
His writing is very effective as kotkn. He was also a visiting scholar at University of Tokyo ‘s Institute of Social Science in and . I really liked the way in which Kotkin deploys the Foucauldian ‘subjectivity’ analysis yet goes beyond and shows that the state and the people were actually not playing the same game of ‘indoctrination vs resistance. He studied Russian and Soviet history under Reginald E. He specializes in the history of the Soviet Union and has recently begun to research Eurasia more generally.
His first volume on the life of Joseph Stalin, a page biography analyzing his life throughreceived strong reviews.
Kotkin graduated from the University of Rochester in with a B. Kotkin argues that Stalinism offered itself as an opportunity for enlightenment.
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ArmstrongGilbert Rozmanand Samuel S. No trivia or quizzes yet. He is currently the John P. He is also working on a multi-century history of Siberia, focusing on the Ob River Valley. The New York Times. Views Read Edit View history. 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 problems with all the intelligence and grace they can muster.
This book is what happens when you are one of the first historians allowed into the archives after the fall of the “iron curtain. Jan 10, morning Os rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.
Mike Burton rated it it was amazing Oct 06, The utopia it proffered, socialism, would be a new civilization based on the repudiation of capitalism.