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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Disciplines History European History. He is the John P. The text suffers from some redundancy, especially in the final chapter, but it is still a worthwhile read that provides an expert analysis of a complicated historical period, all through the microcosm of a planned mining town.

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. A highly detailed yet broadly conceived study of Magnitogorsk, a Soviet steel complex and city created on kitkin steppes of Russia as both a model socialist msgnetic and an industrial powerhouse.

An amazing book, it redefines Stalinism in a subtle and penetrating way.

Return to Book Page. 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. To ask other readers questions about Magnetic Mountainplease sign up. His main focus was using the city of Magnitogorsk as a case study to prove the theories of other Stalinist historians wrong.

Apr 04, Katie rated it liked it. He is a historian, academic and author. Other editions – Kottkin all Magnetic Mountain: Account Options Sign in.

Magnetic mountain: Stalinism as a civilization

This is a phenomenal moujtain of a Soviet built industrial town. Thematically organized and closely focused, Magnetic Mountain signals the beginning of a new stage in the writing of Soviet social history. About the Book This study is the first of its kind: Stephen Kotkin, discussing his book, Stalin: Todd rated it it was amazing Sep 27, Stalinism as a Civilization Stephen Kotkin No preview available – This book is what happens when you are one of the first historians allowed into the archives after the fall of the “iron curtain.

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. Feb 27, Omar Ali rated it really liked it.

Paradoxes of Power, — Armageddon Averted: Kotkin graduated from the University of Rochester in with a B. He is also a W. For instance, he shows how much of the economy was really a “shadow” economy, where purloined factory parts or cloth went to either independently fulfill the impossible plans of Moscow or into private production that was resold in the official “markets” or even by door-to-door peddling.

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Co-authored with Catherine Evtuhov. Oct 19, Shane Avery rated it it was amazing Shelves: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The content has become somewhat old-fashioned by now. Second part is much better than the first, but the writing style is overly complicated. Books by Stephen Kotkin.

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Mike Burton rated it it was amazing Oct 06, 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 It’s hard to forget. Jan 10, morning Os rated it it was amazing Shelves: Stalinism as a Civilization by Stephen Kotkin.

He specializes in the history of the Soviet Union and has recently begun to research Eurasia more generally. He studied Russian and Soviet history under Reginald E. Josh rated it it was amazing Sep 25, 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.

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