Arguably no person in history had such a direct and negative impact on the lives of so many as Joseph Stalin. Under the Red Tsar terror knew no limits, it did not discriminate; no one was safe, no institution, no single town or village was immune. Yet, following his death in 1953, Stalin was deeply mourned. He had ‘received the country with a wooden plough, and left it with a nuclear missile shield’. And no-one else, some claimed, could have led the Soviet Union to victory in the Second World War.
So who was Joseph Stalin, what was his role during the Russian Revolution; how did he come to power, what made him such a destructive tyrant, and how did he impose his will on the Soviet Union for so long?
This, by Rupert Colley, is Stalin in an hour…
Also available as an audio download.
- The Young Stalin
- Stalin the revolutionary
- Revolutions and Civil War
- Stalin, Lenin and Trotsky
- Five-Year Plans and the Congress of Victors
- Kirov and the Great Terror
- Stalin’s War
- The Last Years
- Stalin’s historiography
- Stalin the Man
“Stalin is yet another fine condensed retelling of history by Rupert Colley.”
“Arguably better for that than a standard, detailed book: I am impressed. Its brevity is a massive advantage. Despite its brevity, I did not feel that I was reading a dumbed down version – not at all. I am actually pleased that I bought this rather than a full-length book. I read this book over a weekend. It held my interest – I did not find it at all boring. On the contrary, I found it very interesting. I was impressed that, even when a chapter ended with Stalin’s death, I was only 60% of the way through the book. “What follows?” I wondered. The answer was three very interesting chapters (‘Stalin’s Historiography’, ‘Stalin the Man’ and ‘De-Stalinisation’) and two appendices – ‘Key Players’ and ‘Stalin Timeline’. Those chapters reinforced what I had already learned from the book and therefore aided my learning. The structure of the book, therefore, is in my opinion excellent.”