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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This study is a street-level inside account of what Stalinism meant to the masses of ordinary people who lived it. Bob rated it it was amazing Feb 13, View all 3 comments.
The case itself– the creation of an industrial city in the middle of nowhere, is absolutely an amazing story. Kotkin uses the local study to help explain the broader strokes of Soviet history, and magneetic far from afraid of an historiographic fight. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The utopia it proffered, socialism, would be a new civilization based on the repudiation of capitalism.
Trivia About Magnetic Mountain This book is what happens when you are one of the first historians allowed into the archives after the fall of the “iron curtain. Kotkin depicts a whole range of life: Peter Imbusch No preview available – 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.
Stalinism as a Civilization. To ask other readers questions about Magnetic Mountainplease sign up. Taking advantage of the full range of published and unpublished Soviet sources, he details what everyday life looked like to people living unde In this book Stephen Kotkin does what might seem impossible.
Magnetic mountain: Stalinism as a civilization
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Kotkin spent some pages saying what he could have said in it’s thick with repetition and half kotlin the book was also endnotes pages Dec 17, Muontain rated it it was amazing. A highly detailed yet broadly conceived study of Magnitogorsk, a Soviet steel complex and city created on the steppes of Russia as both a model socialist community and an industrial powerhouse.
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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 the actual workers and citizens coped with life. A fascinating text that illustrates the project of building a socialist society under Stalinist terms, and how this process was highly experimental and often contradictory. Oct 23, Albert rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.
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Magnetic Mountain by Stephen Kotkin – Paperback – University of California Press
Despite the harsh censorship, the Magnitgorsk Worker newspaper catalogued many of the failures of local elites, including the inability of the Steel Factories KPU living quarters unit to maintain their mountxin barracks, the crime rampant in the “Convict Labor Colony,” mistakes in completing the city blast furnace and so on. University of California Pr Amazon.
Second part is mountainn better than the first, but the writing style is overly complicated. By detailing everything from the shrine-like “Red Corners” in the city barracks to the Magnit Magneticc 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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