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Let History Judge: The Origins and Consequences of Stalinism

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The most comprehensive and revealing investigation of Stalinism and political developments in the Soviet Union from 1922-1953, this edition is an extensively revised and expanded version of a classic work. The internationally known historian Roy Medvedev has included more than one-hundred new interviews, unpublished memoirs, and archives from survivors of Stalin's death ca ...more
Paperback, 891 pages
Published July 12th 1989 by Columbia University Press (first published 1969)
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Chris
Jan 31, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
I don't think there's a way to write on the Stalinist era that isn't oppressive, so if 800+ pages on this particular variant of totalitarianism - with pages upon pages of names of folks who were purged - doesn't appeal to you, skip this. It can drag you down.

That said, Medvedev's work is impressive for a number of reasons - the first being his access (novel at the time) to internal party and other unpublished sources that illuminate the cruelty of the era. His is a critical look at Stalin, but i
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BDT
Jul 30, 2015 BDT rated it liked it
An extremely thorough collection of primary source material - very difficult and rare to find outside of this collection all in one place.
Sarah
Dec 03, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Out of all the books I have read for Russian history I found this one the most fascinating. Mainly because of the provenance and the links to the other texts which reference the author.
sologdin
Jan 21, 2014 sologdin rated it it was amazing
Solid internal Marxist critique of Stalinist system, attending to violations of ICCPR-type concepts as well as deviations from socialist policy.
Andrew
Dec 27, 2013 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
Great... anecdotes of stalin... assumes some background.
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Рой Александрович Медведев (14 ноября 1925, Тифлис) — советский и российский публицист, закончил философский факультет ЛГУ, доктор педагогических наук, профессор, политический деятель, один из представителей левого крыла диссидентского движения в СССР. Автор работ по истории. Брат-близнец учёного-геронтолога, диссидента Ж. А. Медведева.
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