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  • Magnetic Mountainby Stephen Kotkin

    University of California Press 1997; US$ 41.95

    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 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." With... more...

  • Armageddon Avertedby Stephen Kotkin

    Oxford University Press 2003; US$ 15.99

    In this text, Stephen Kotkin shows that the Soviet collapse resulted not from military competition but, ironically, from the dynamism of Communist ideology, the long-held dream for "socialism with a human face". more...

  • Armageddon Avertedby Stephen Kotkin

    Oxford University Press, USA 2009; US$ 74.99

    Featuring extensive revisions to the text as well as a new introduction and epilogue--bringing the book completely up to date on the tumultuous politics of the previous decade and the long-term implications of the Soviet collapse--this compact, original, and engaging book offers the definitive account of one of the great historical events of the last... more...

  • Stalinby Stephen Kotkin

    Penguin Publishing Group 2014; US$ 40.00

    A magnificent new biography that revolutionizes our understanding of Stalin and his world It has the quality of myth: a poor cobbler?s son, a seminarian from an oppressed outer province of the Russian empire, reinvents himself as a top leader in a band of revolutionary zealots. When the band seizes control of the country in the aftermath of total... more...

  • Stalin, Vol. Iby Stephen Kotkin

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; US$ 48.00

    The magnificent new biography that revolutionizes our understanding of Stalin and his world In January 1928 Stalin, the ruler of the largest country in the world, boarded a train bound for Siberia where he would embark upon the greatest gamble of his political life. He was about to begin the largest programme of social reengineering ever... more...

  • Uncivil Societyby Stephen Kotkin; Jan Gross

    Random House Publishing Group 2009; US$ 16.00

    Twenty years ago, the Berlin Wall fell. In one of modern history?s most miraculous occurrences, communism imploded?and not with a bang, but with a whimper. Now two of the foremost scholars of East European and Soviet affairs, Stephen Kotkin and Jan T. Gross, drawing upon two decades of reflection, revisit this crash. In a crisp, concise, unsentimental... more...

  • The Cultural Gradientby Catherine Evtuhov; Stephen Kotkin

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2002; US$ 32.99

    Is there a sharp dividing line that separates Europe into 'East' and 'West'? This volume brings together prominent scholars from the United States, Canada, France, Poland, and Russia to examine the evolution of the concept of Europe in the two centuries between the French Revolution and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Inspired by the ideas of Martin... more...

  • Historical Legacies of Communism in Russia and Eastern Europeby Mark Beissinger; Stephen Kotkin

    Cambridge University Press 2014; US$ 72.00

    Elaborates an empirical approach to the study of historical legacies of communism, revolving around relationships and mechanisms rather than correlation and outward similarities. more...

  • Manchurian Railways and the Opening of China: An International Historyby Bruce Elleman; Stephen Kotkin

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 49.95

    The railways of Manchuria offer an intriguing vantage point for an international history of northeast Asia. Before the completion of the Trans-Siberian railway in 1916, the only rail route from the Imperial Russian capital of St. Petersburg to the Pacific port of Vladivostok transited Manchuria. A spur line from the Manchurian city of Harbin led south... more...

  • Scientific Exploration and Expeditionsby Stephen Kotkin; Bruce Elleman

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 49.95

    The remote vastness of Mongolia has remained somewhat of a mystery to most Westerners - no less so in the 20th century. Homeland of the legendary conqueror Chingiz Khan, in modern times Mongolia itself has been the object of imperial rivalry. For most of the 20th century it was under Soviet domination. Mikhail Gorbachev began the withdrawal of Soviet... more...