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Author Fitzpatrick, Sheila, author.

Title On Stalin's team : the years of living dangerously in Soviet politics / Sheila Fitzpatrick.

Publication Info. Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
 Enfield, Main Library - Adult Department  947.084 FIT    Check Shelf
 Plainville Public Library - Non Fiction  947.0842 FIT    Check Shelf
Description xi, 364 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The team emerges -- The great break -- In power -- The team on view -- The great purges -- Into war -- Postwar hopes -- Aging leader -- Without Stalin -- End of the road.
Summary "Stalin was the unchallenged dictator of the Soviet Union for so long that most historians have dismissed the officials surrounding him as mere yes-men and political window dressing. On Stalin's Team overturns this view, revealing that behind Stalin were a group of loyal men who formed a remarkably effective team with him from the late 1920s until his death in 1953. Drawing on extensive original research, Sheila Fitzpatrick provides the first in-depth account of this inner circle and their families, vividly describing how these dedicated comrades-in-arms not only worked closely with Stalin, whom they both feared and admired, but also constituted his social circle. Readers meet the wily security chief Beria, whom the rest of the team quickly had executed following Stalin's death; Stalin's number-two man, Molotov, who continued on the team even after his wife was arrested and exiled; the charismatic Ordzhonikidze, who ran the country's industry with entrepreneurial flair; Andreev, who traveled to provincial purges while listening to Beethoven on a portable gramophone; and Khrushchev, who finally disbanded the team four years after Stalin's death. Among the book's surprising findings is that Stalin almost always worked with the team on important issues, and after his death the team managed a brilliant transition to a reforming collective leadership. Taking readers from the cataclysms of the Great Purges and World War II to the paranoia of Stalin's final years, On Stalin's Team paints an entirely new picture of Stalin within his milieu--one that transforms our understanding of how the Soviet Union was ruled during much of its existence"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Stalin, Joseph, 1878-1953.
Stalin, Joseph, 1878-1953 -- Friends and associates.
Soviet Union -- Politics and government -- 1936-1953.
Politicians -- Soviet Union -- Biography.
Soviet Union -- History -- 1936-1953 -- Biography.
Political culture -- Soviet Union -- History.
HISTORY / Europe / Russia & the Former Soviet Union.
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century.
HISTORY / General.
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Communism & Socialism.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Presidents & Heads of State.
Genre/Form Biography. (OCoLC)fst01423686
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Subject Stalin, Joseph, 1878-1953. (OCoLC)fst00053304
Chronological Term 1936 - 1953
Subject Friendship. (OCoLC)fst00935174
Political culture. (OCoLC)fst01069263
Politicians. (OCoLC)fst01069915
Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst01919741
Soviet Union. (OCoLC)fst01210281
ISBN 9780691145334 hardcover acid-free paper
0691145334 hardcover acid-free paper
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