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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To ask other readers questions about Magnetic Mountainplease sign up. Paradoxes of Power, 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” kotkij the local circus, Kotkin enriches our view of life and politics in an otherworldly time and place.

Magnetic Mountain: Stalinism as a Civilization

Jul 26, Robert Davis added it. Motkin organized and closely focused, Magnetic Mountain signals the beginning of a new stage in the writing of Soviet social history. He shows that despite the attempts by famed German planner Ernst May to design a perfect new “linear town,” the city arose haphazardly wherever workers could pitch tents or mud huts.

He joined the faculty at Princeton University inand was the director of in Russian and Eurasian Studies Program for 13 years Thematically organized and closely focused, Magnetic Mountain signals the beginning maghetic a new stage in the writing of Soviet social history. He was a visiting scholar at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Kotkin depicts a whole range of life: This study is the first of its kind: No trivia or quizzes yet. And to our convenience, the case works as a microcosm of the USSR that shows the logic of the state and people’s lives under Stalinism.

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Taking advantage of the full range of published and unpublished Soviet sources, he details what everyday life looked like to people living under one of the most oppressive dictatorships known to man.

With unique access to previously untapped archives and interviews, Kotkin forges a vivid and compelling account of the impact of industrialization on a single urban community.

I read this book again while I was doing research on Japanese fascism in s, and it gave me great insight on the problem of ‘agency’ of ordinary people under a totalitarian state. Kotkin uses the local study to help explain the broader magnteic of Soviet history, and is f A highly detailed yet broadly conceived study of Magnitogorsk, a Soviet steel complex kotlin city created on the steppes of Russia as both a model socialist community and an industrial powerhouse.

Kotkin argues that Stalinism offered itself as an opportunity for enlightenment. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Matt rated it really liked it Jan 26, Kotkin depicts a whole range oktkin life: Apr 04, Ottilie added it. Jul 03, Nathan rated it really liked it. He is also a W.

Magnetic mountain: Stalinism as a civilization

The content has become somewhat old-fashioned by now. AK rated it it was amazing Jul 11, I recommend this to everyone who likes history. Stalinism as a Civilization. Common terms and phrases According accused activities administration 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.

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.

Magnetic mountain: Stalinism as a civilization

Jan 02, Frank Stein rated it it was amazing. Kotkin tells it deftly, with a remarkable kotkij of the social and political system, as well as a keen instinct for the details of everyday life. This study is the first of its kind: He studied Russian and Soviet history under Reginald E.

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It’s hard to forget. References to this book Moderne und Gewalt: Dec 15, Amanda rated it really liked it. Gradually, internal party purges ate up the entire country and lotkin to a classic witch-hunt atmosphere.

Josh rated it it was amazing Sep 25, Pretty rough to get through. Katia Shulga rated it it was amazing Apr 16, 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.

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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 mouhtain predominantly agricultural nation into a “country of metal. This is a phenomenal study of a Soviet built industrial town.

Maelia rated it liked it Oct 12, The utopia it proffered, socialism, would be a new civilization based on the repudiation of capitalism.

From onwards the Monutain engaged in numerous internal “purges” and “verification” campaigns which aimed to expel corrupt party officials or magetic 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. 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