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Stalin's Genocides

(Human Rights and Crimes against Humanity)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  111 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Between the early 1930s and his death in 1953, Joseph Stalin had more than a million of his own citizens executed. Millions more fell victim to forced labor, deportation, famine, bloody massacres, and detention and interrogation by Stalin's henchmen. Stalin's Genocides is the chilling story of these crimes. The book puts forward the important argument that brutal mass kill ...more
Hardcover, 163 pages
Published August 8th 2010 by Princeton University Press (first published 2010)
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Mar 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a book not simply about Stalin -- who does not appear in narrative form until ch. 2 (about 20% in), but more generally deals with both the legal and the moral problems connected with the notion of 'genocide' per se. Since the 1948 UN Convention on Genocide, genocide has been defined as mass murder directed against ethnic, national, racial, and religious groups -- and has excluded (though not explicitly) the mass extermination of social and political groups, which were "after all" the chi ...more
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Stalin killed millions. A Stanford historian answers the question, was it genocide?When it comes to use of the word "genocide," public opinion has been kinder to Stalin than Hitler. But one historian looks at Stalin's mass killings and urges that the definition of genocide be widened.
Elliot Ratzman
Nov 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Stalin murdered more civilians than Hitler, but were they genocides? Politicides? The answer is yes or no by the slimmest of margins—technicalities either way. In this short study Naimark conducts a parade of horribles that display what vicious mass-murder looks like in practice. In the 1930s Stalin uprooted and destroyed “punished peoples” like the Chechens and other Muslims from the Caucuses; peoples with homelands outside of Russia like Germans, Poles and Koreans; Stalin eliminates “Kulaks”—o ...more
Philip Kuhn
Aug 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Certainly not a book for general audiences. It's more of a long essay than a book. He makes a compelling case than many of the actions of Stalin's regime were genocides, but without throwing the word around casually. In fact, he makes a case in the end of the book not to do this.

I agree with the author 100% that social and political groups should be included in the definition of "genocide". The only reason they were not in the original conference in 1948 was pressure from Stalin's Soviet Union.
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
A well-researched, but chilling, account that details how Stalin's horrendous mistreatment of people under his control should be regarded as genocide. Four main topics are covered: the annihilation of the kulaks, the Ukrainian famine, the Great Terror, and the forced migration of ethnic groups within the Soviet Union. Strong arguments are presented for viewing each of these as being a separate case of genocide. The numbers of people killed, and the inhuman attitude of Stalin towards those that h ...more
Matthew Griffiths
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
a short but none the less worthwhile piece that addresses the topic of Stalin's various campaigns of mass killing and illustrates how these can definitely be considered genocide. Naimark touches on several topics, the Holodomor and the dekulakisation campaign amongst others and demonstrates in each instance how these went beyond simple mass murder and were in my opinion undoubtedly genocidal in nature. Each topic is definitely covered in a greater depth of detail elsewhere but this is a good sta ...more
Jun 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
As the library clerk who checked the book out to me said, "Most people would be content with perpetrating one genocide, but not Stalin."

Good primer on the various "terrors" (dekulakization, the Ukranian famine, the purge of nationalities, and the Great Terror) that occurred in the Soviet Union under Stalin with the author arguing that most of them should be considered genocides under the United Nations' definition of the term.
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Naimark does a remarkable job of distilling a vast amount of history into an easily digestible text while making the case for viewing the Ukrainian famine and the Stalinist Purges as an extended policy of genocide.
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great overview of Stalin's and his regimes crimes. I found especially interesting how the UN's 1948 genocide definition was constructed.
vittore paleni
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Daring. Raises some unseattling questions for European historians.
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Norman M. Naimark is Robert and Florence McDonnel Professor of Eastern European Studies at Stanford University, and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution.

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