Stalinism: New Directions (Rewriting Histories) by Sheila Fitzpatrick

By Sheila Fitzpatrick

Stalinism is a provocative addition to the present debates with regards to the heritage of the Stalinist interval of the Soviet Union. Sheila Fitzpatrick has accrued jointly the most recent and the main fascinating paintings via younger Russian, American and eu students, in addition to a number of the seminal articles that experience stimulated them, in an try and re-evaluate this contentious topic within the gentle of latest information and new theoretical approaches.The articles are contextualized by way of an intensive advent to the totalitarian/revisionist arguments and post-revisionist advancements. Eschewing an completely high-political concentration, the publication attracts jointly paintings on classification, identification, intake tradition, and business enterprise. Stalinist terror and nationalities coverage are reappraised within the gentle of recent archival findings. Stalinism bargains a nuanced navigation of an emotive and misrepresented bankruptcy of the Russian prior.

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By Sheila Fitzpatrick

Stalinism is a provocative addition to the present debates with regards to the heritage of the Stalinist interval of the Soviet Union. Sheila Fitzpatrick has accrued jointly the most recent and the main fascinating paintings via younger Russian, American and eu students, in addition to a number of the seminal articles that experience stimulated them, in an try and re-evaluate this contentious topic within the gentle of latest information and new theoretical approaches.The articles are contextualized by way of an intensive advent to the totalitarian/revisionist arguments and post-revisionist advancements. Eschewing an completely high-political concentration, the publication attracts jointly paintings on classification, identification, intake tradition, and business enterprise. Stalinist terror and nationalities coverage are reappraised within the gentle of recent archival findings. Stalinism bargains a nuanced navigation of an emotive and misrepresented bankruptcy of the Russian prior.

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301 (1984); J. Arch Getty, The Origins of the Great Pzlrges: The Soviet Commurzist Party Reconsidered (Cambridge, 1985). 18- The quotation is from Moshe Lewin, the leading Marxist revisionist, in his The Making of the Soviet System (New York, 1985), p. 261. 19 Kotkin, Magnetic Mountain, pp. 5-6. 20 I. Halfin and J. Hellbeck, ”Rethinking the Stalinist Subject: Stephen Kotkin’s ’Magnetic Mountain’ andthe State of Soviet Historical Studies,’’ Jahrbiicherfiir Geschichte Osteuropas 44 (1996), p. 456; Kotkin, Magnetic Mountain, pp.

The pejorative term nzeshchamtvo, derived from the lower urban soslozjie of meslzclzmze and denoting a petit bourgeois, philistine mentality,was so regularly used by Bolsheviks to describe white-collar office workers as to suggest that the new class of slzrzhlzshchie was in effect a Soviet version of the old estate of meshclzane. l8 In contrast to the "employee" class, which was merely an object of suspicion and disapproval, priests belonged to a stigmatized class deemed unworthy of full Soviet citizenship.

On Soviet articulation of an ”illiberal modern selfhood,” see Jochen Hellbeck, ”Subjectivitiesand Policies of Subjectivization in theStalin Period,” presented at a conference on ”The Stalin Period: New Ideas, New Conversations,” held atRiverside, California, March 12-15,1998. The modernity argument is the focus of a volume edited by David L. Hoffman and Yanni Kotsonis, RussianModernity:Politics, Practices, Knowledge (London: Macmillan, forthcoming). 29 The ”neo-traditionalists’’ are sometimes referred to as the Chicago group, since a number of them were graduate students at the University of Chicago in the first half of the 1990s.

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