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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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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 mountqin a He is currently a professor in history and international affairs at Princeton University and a fellow at Stanford University ‘s Hoover Institution.
Disciplines History European History. In this book Stephen Kotkin does what might seem impossible. Josh rated it it was amazing Sep 25, Taking advantage of the full range of published and unpublished Soviet sources, he details what everyday life looked like to people living under one of the most oppressive dictatorships known to man.
The utopia it proffered, socialism, would be a new civilization based on the repudiation of capitalism.
Dec 15, Amanda rated it really liked it. From onwards the Party engaged in numerous internal “purges” and “verification” campaigns which aimed to expel corrupt party officials or merely those with a false “worker” pedigree, and which spread to failures in state production and soon involved the NKVD the “state” system which tended to enforce party dictates. Retrieved from ” https: By detailing everything from the shrine-like “Red Corners” in the city barracks to the Magnit Cinema showing movies such as “Party Card” and of course Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times” to the craze over “French Wrestling” at the local circus, Kotkin enriches our view of life and politics in an otherworldly time and place.
Kotkin tells it deftly, with a remarkable understanding of the social and political system, as well as a keen instinct for the details of everyday life. Jan 02, Frank Stein rated it it was amazing. Starting inKotkin traveled to the Soviet Union and then Russia multiple times for academic research and fellowships.
The book takes the building koykin Magnitogorsk, an industrial city built from scratch, as a way to show how people learned to “speak Bolshevik” and thus both survive within and use the regime; thus it complicates hugely the usual top-down view of the Soviet Union.
He immerses the reader in the complete world of a Stalinist boomtown in the s. Matt rated it really liked it Jan 26, 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.
Magnetic mountain: Stalinism as a civilization
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Of course such criticism was usually leveled at those already pushed out of the system or the Party. Nov 08, Ben rated it really liked it. The content has become somewhat old-fashioned by now.
Kotkin uses the local study to help explain the broader strokes of Soviet history, and is far from afraid of an historiographic fight. This book is what happens when you are one of the first historians allowed into the archives after the fall of the “iron curtain.
Jul 03, Nathan rated it really liked it. Co-authored with Catherine Evtuhov.
And to our convenience, the case works as a microcosm of the USSR mounntain shows the logic of the state and people’s lives under Stalinism. The utopia it proffered, socialism, would be a new civilization based on the repudiation omuntain capitalism. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
He is also working on a multi-century history of Siberia, focusing on the Ob River Valley. Ben rated it really liked it Jun 05, Starting inKotkin traveled to the former Soviet Union several times for academic research and fellowships.
Stalinism as a Civilizationwhich exposes the realities of everyday life in the Soviet city of Magnitogorsk during the s. ,ountain About Magnetic Mountain This page was last edited on 11 Novemberat Kotkin depicts a whole range of life: Reviews “A kind of archaeological analysis of Soviet life during the momentous years of Mountzin industrialization.
Thematically organized and closely focused, Magnetic Mountain signals the beginning of a new stage in the writing of Soviet social history.
Kotkin has authored several nonfiction books on history as well as textbooks, and is perhaps best known for Magnetic Mountain: 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. He shows that despite the attempts by famed German planner Ernst May to design a perfect new “linear town,” the city arose haphazardly wherever workers could pitch tents or mud huts.
He studied Russian and Soviet history under Reginald E. Account Options Sign in. A detailed look at mqgnetic one windswept mountain of ore in the freezing steppe was transformed into the largest metallurgical complex in the nascent Soviet Union.