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C talent And then came the pact that shocked the world and demoralized leftists everywhere Stalin's pact with Hitler in the carve up of Poland and Stalin's utter inability to see Hitler's build up to the invasion of the USSR Yet for all that in just years of total power Stalin has taken this country from a peasant economy to a formidable modern war machine that rivaled anything else in the world When the invasion came Stalin wasn't ready but his country would prove to be prepared That is a dimension of the Stalin story that has never adeuately been reckoned with before and it looms large here Stalin Waiting for Hitleris like its predecessor nothing less than a history of the world from Stalin's desk It is also like its predecessor a landmark achievement in the annals of its field and in the biographer's art.. Hard going but worth it Kotkin s attention to detail provides many revelations Green dog trumpet and other stories everywhere Stalin's pact with Hitler in the carve up of Poland and Stalin's utter inability to see Hitler's build up to the invasion of the USSR Yet for all that in just years of total power Stalin has taken this country from a peasant Identity economy to a formidable modern war machine that rivaled anything Cenote else in the world When the invasion came Stalin wasn't ready but his country would prove to be prepared That is a dimension of the Stalin story that has never adeuately been reckoned with before and it looms large here Stalin Waiting for Hitleris like its predecessor nothing less than a history of the world from Stalin's desk It is also like its predecessor a landmark achievement in the annals of its field and in the biographer's art.. Hard going but worth it Kotkin s attention to detail provides many revelations

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To the larger economy With the Great Depression throwing global capital into crisis the Soviet Union's New Man looked like nothing so much as the man of the future As the shadows of the 's deepen Stalin's drive to militarize Soviet society takes on increasing urgency and the ambition of Nazi Germany becomes the predominant geopolitical reality he faces when Hitler claims that communism is a global Judeo Bolshevik conspiracy to bring the Slavic race to power But just because they're out to get you doesn't mean you're not paranoid Stalin's paranoia is increasingly one of the most horrible facts of life for his entire country Stalin's obsessions drive him to violently purge almost a million people including military leadership diplomatic corps and intelligence apparatus to say nothing of a generation of artisti. I doubt that anybody will write a better or comprehensive biography of the despot as Kotkin calls the Soviet dictator at least for many years to come The book will interest specialists and history enthusiasts alike It is the product of meticulous and exhaustive research and attempts to resolve several of the historical mysteries surrounding Stalin s reign Of the two Stalin is by far important to world history than Lenin and he also led a interesting life Say what you will but stories about ard car robbers are always interesting than those about losers cheats and cowards on the lamThis is the second volume of Kotkin s planned three volume biography of Stalin see Stalin Volume I Paradoxes of Power 1878 1928 covering his ascension to supreme Russian leader through the eve of Germany s invasion in June 1941 This period includes collectivization the Terror and the Pact of SteelCollectivization of agriculture was the event that precipitated the other two Lenin made the first unsuccessful attempt at collectivization Stalin succeeded in making it a reality The purpose of course was to drain resources from rural agriculture and divert them to urban industry The resulting famines were horrible made worse by the wholesale murder of recalcitrant peasants as well as local communist officials who were unable to meet Stalin s demands Party officials and others openly criticized Stalin for the brutality of collectivization and it was those critics who were systematically tortured imprisoned and executed during the TerrorStalin never knew a peasant or anything else about rural agriculture He viewed the mega deaths as statistics not human tragedy and he rejected Party criticisms of the famines as ignorant at best and sabotage at worst The Terror 1936 38 on the other hand was personal as it engulfed Stalin s friends indeed many of his closest associates as well masses of ordinary Soviet citizens Indeed the Terror was aimed at eliminating Party cadres in all levels of government military secret police apparatchiks and nomenklatura as much if not than ordinary citizens Stalin replaced them with young ideologically committed and inexperienced individuals who were solely obedient to the despot with names like Khrushchev Brezhnev Kosygin and Beria In constructing the Soviet Man Stalin apparently felt the need to eliminate a whole generation of older Bolsheviks who didn t necessarily revere or fear the despot The military was especially devastated in the years immediately preceding World War IIThe Pact of Steel with Germany 1939 shocked communists and fascists alike Both Hitler and Stalin viewed the agreement as a temporary expedient at best with the additional benefit of keeping Great Britain guessing about the dictators end game Hitler thought the agreement might force Britain to come to terms while Stalin saw it as a means to preclude an Anglo German alliance aimed against the USSR Stalin also hoped the Germans would use their considerable influence in Tokyo to prevent an attack by Japan on Russia s eastern territories In the meantime both the Nazis and communists derived huge benefits from the deal food and fuel for Germany advanced technology for RussiaIn the months before Operation BARBAROSSA German and British disinformation combined with Stalin s own paranoia overloaded the NKVDNKGB now depleted of its most experienced operators during the Terror making informed decision making nearly impossible Stalin and everybody else saw the German military build up on Russia s western borders and the Soviets responded as best they could Stalin ultimately saw the aggression as an effort by the Nazis to force economic and political concessions from Moscow not as a prelude to an actual invasion which would be madness Germany again fighting a two front war Stalin welcomed new German demands as providing an opportunity for stalling gaining an additional year for military preparations Stalin was wrong about HitlerStalin was a sociopath utterly ruthless and a conspiratorial paranoid traits that helped make the Soviet Union a global superpower after World War II

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Pulitzer Prize for Hitler Kindle #213 finalist Stephen Kotkin continues his definitive biography of Stalin from collectivization and the Great Terror through to the coming of the conflict with Hitler's Germany that is the signal event of modern world historyWhen we left Stalin at Stalin Waiting PDF the end of Stalin Paradoxes of Powerit was and he had finally climbed the mountaintop and achieved dictatorial power of the Soviet empire The vastest peasant economy in the world would be transformed into socialist modernity whatever Waiting for Hitler PDF #186 it took What it took or what Stalin believed it took was the most relentless campaign of shock industrialization the world has ever seen This is the story of the five year plans the new factory towns and the integration of an entire system of penal labor in. This is a difficult book to review One can only admire Kotkin s very close attention to archival material extensive reading of the second hand sources his no BS nonsentimental approach to his study material Waiting for Hitler at times reads like day to day accountor logbook of what Stalin did between 1928 and 1941 And for the most part this is the main strength of the bookKotkin rejects two prevalent views on Stalin phenomenon One is Stalin was a psychopath sadistic and paranoiac killer who enjoyed killing and torturing people Kotkin convincingly shows that far from being mentally unstable individual Stalin was uiet an ordinary figure in his daily life He was seen by others who knew him personally perhaps little too cynical manipulative and at times coarse But he was often kind to people around him good listener and had a good sense of humor His policies for good and bad are not derived from his mental disorder but from his convictions and his interpretation of Marxism and Leninism He did not conduct collectivizations and show trials out of his impulses he was planning them in his mind for yearsThe other argument Kotkin rejects is that the one that put forward by the leftist historians such as EH Carr and Hobsbawn that Stalin s policies like forced collectivizations grain procurement and even show trials were despite their unnecessary and criminal extremities basically necessary to transform rural Russia to industrial world power and defeat Nazism Kotkin however argues that these policies and the ways in which they were conducted simply did not work Collectivization and extreme grain procurements not only starve the entire country and killed at least 3 million people in Ukraine North Caucasus and Kazakhstan but also hamper Soviet agricultural production The Union was producing and selling less grain after collectivization I have some criticism about the way he argues this check the ending paragraph The situation improved only after mechanization was properly introduced and Stalin gave concessions to peasants to keep their lot and animals Even if some sort of collectivization was necessary the way that Stalin conducted it was criminally negligent and counter productive Kotkin rejects the view that it was an intentional genocide In addition again with a convincing archival backing Kotkin demonstrates that Stalin and his growing number of apparatchiks enjoyed luxury cars big apartments country retreats festy dinners while unintentionally starving peasants because of his pure ignorance and incompetence Kotkin does not explicitly try to convince the reader for his claim he just lays what Stalin didsaid and what was going on in the countryside meanwhile All factual hard to refuteSimilar to collectivization show trials were not necessary As of 1936 Stalin s power was not in danger Old Bolsheviks like Kamenev Zinoviev and Bukharin were already out of the Central Committee and accepted their fate There was not any organised resistance to the party not a real plot to overthrow Stalin Yet Stalin decided to conduct Robespierresue terror not only against suspected enemies old Tsarist officials bourgeois remnants of the small merchant class the big bourgeois had already fled decades ago but also to the party Old Bolsheviks civil war heroes military commanders the type that were shouting long live the party when their back was on the wall Between 1936 and 1939 according to NVKD reports over 600000 people Kotkin estimates the real number is around 800000 were shot and 2 million were arrested The purge paralyzed Soviet white collar managerial class and conseuentially left the army in disarray The country paid the price dearly in the first years of the war Yet the terror completely eliminate any future risk of the will in the Central committee to commit what Lenin allegedly wrote in his testament Remove Stalin This was a self serving mass murder not a necessity In addition one of the main aim of the book is to reveal Stalin s daily actions and policy decisions within its internationaldiplomatic context That is why he gives good amount of attention to international diplomacy of the 1930s or Stalin s dealings with raising fascismNazism in the West and Japanese aggression in the East If you are interested in the history of Soviet diplomacy in the 1930s this book is a gem for youLike any other book of this scale Waiting for Hitler have some problems First Kotkin s almost obsessive degree of microscopic focus of Stalin s day to day life and his archive fetishism makes the book hard to follow sometimes at crucial points For instance few paragraphs after his argument that collectivization not being beneficial to state Kotkin in a way praises Stalin for achieving industrialization producing tanks locomotives planes tractors etc without answering how was he able to achieve that He seemingly decided to give much weight on the diplomatic side of the Stalin s 1930s rather than economics but without the latter especially the chapter on the collectivization and famine is rather weak Overall it is a goodread if you really care about the topic and have little bit of knowledge about the literature But if you are a casual reader go to a book store read a chapter and only then decide if you want to buy the book

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  • 10 December 2019
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About the Author: Stephen Kotkin

Stephen Mark for Hitler Kindle Õ Kotkin is Professor of History and director of the Program in Russian Studies at Princeton University He specializes in the history of the Soviet Union and has recently begun to research Eurasia generally.



10 thoughts on “Stalin Waiting for Hitler 1929 1941

  1. says:

    “Iosif Stalin was a human being He collected watches He played skittles and billiards He loved gardening and Russian st

  2. says:

    This is a difficult book to review One can only admire Kotkin's very close attention to archival material extensive reading of the second hand sources his no BS nonsentimental approach to his study material Waiting for Hitler at times reads li

  3. says:

    This was even better than Volume I if that is even possible Volume II gets into the meat of the dictatorship leading up to World War II The primary focus is the infamous purge when Stalin killed just about everybody The only rational reason for his unbelievable cruelty and sheer disregard for human life because he could

  4. says:

    I just finished that damn thingWholly mother of god this book was L O N GIt was LONGER than volume I which was itself extrem

  5. says:

    I doubt that anybody will write a better or comprehensive biography of the despot as Kotkin calls the Soviet dictator at least for many years to come The book will interest specialists and history enthusiasts alike It is

  6. says:

    Stephen Kotkin is a historian who has written several outstanding books on Russian history and is now in the process of di

  7. says:

    Hard going but worth it Kotkin's attention to detail provides many revelations

  8. says:

    Huge and time consuming but makes you understand the big picture much better

  9. says:

    STALIN PART 2Holy frick you guys Are y’all into details? Because whoa shoot is this the book for you It is relentless in

  10. says:

    Kotkin’s biography of Stalin is finally doing justice to one of the most extraordinary despots in history Although heavi

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