The Russian Revolution and Stalinism Reading List

Stalinism and the Russian Revolution

The complete reading list for our study group. The primary focus is Stalinism and how it evolved from the Russian Revolution and the Civil War. The Russian Revolution and the Civil War is studied mainly in relationship to Stalinism and the role Stalin played in them and their connection to events in Germany and World War II.

A casual overview of this period in European history reveals an unmistakable connection between the events in Russia and the events in Germany after World War I. Therefore this group is intended to compliment the study in the National Socialism, the Holocaust and World War II study group.

  1. Stalin: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928 by Stephen Kotkin
  2. Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941 by Stephen Kotkin
  3. Russia in Flames: War, Revolution, Civil War, 1914-1921 by Laura Engelstein
  4. The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia by Orlando Figes
  5. Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine by Anne Applebaum
  6. Gulag: A History by Anne Applebaum
  7. Russia in Revolution: An Empire in Crisis, 1890 to 1928 by S. A. Smith
  8. The “Russian” Civil Wars, 1916-1926: Ten Years That Shook the World by Jonathan Smele
  9. The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution by Yuri Slezkine
  10. Everyday Stalinism: Ordinary Life in Extraordinary Times: Soviet Russia in the 1930s by Sheila Fitzpatrick
  11. Stalin’s Peasants: Resistance and Survival in the Russian Village after Collectivization by Sheila Fitzpatrick
  12. Magnetic Mountain: Stalinism as a Civilization by Stephen Kotkin
  13. The Russian Revolution: A New History by Sean McMeekin
  14. Lenin: The Man, the Dictator, and the Master of Terror by Victor Sebestyen
  15. The Empire Must Die: Russia’s Revolutionary Collapse, 1900-1917 by Mikhail Zygar
  16. Stalinist Perpetrators on Trial: Scenes from the Great Terror in Soviet Ukraine by Lynne Viola
  17. Destruction Was My Beatrice: Dada and the Unmaking of the Twentieth Century by Jed Rasula
  18. Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956 by Anne Applebaum
  19. Stalin: Miscalculation and the Mao Eclipse by Stephen Kotkin
  20. Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin by Timothy Snyder
  21. Scorched Earth: Stalin’s Reign of Terror by Jörg Baberowski
  22. The Last of the Tsars: Nicholas II and the Russia Revolution by Robert Service
  23. Death and Redemption: The Gulag and the Shaping of Soviet Society by Steven A. Barnes
  24. Absolute War: Soviet Russia in the Second World War by Chris Bellamy
  25. On Stalin’s Team: The Years of Living Dangerously in Soviet Politics by Sheila Fitzpatrick
  26. Stalin and His Hangmen: The Tyrant and Those Who Killed for Him by Donald Rayfield
  27. Engineers of the Soul: The Grandiose Propaganda of Stalin’s Russia by Frank Westerman
  28. The Stalin Cult: A Study in the Alchemy of Power by Jan Plamper
  29. Lenin by Dmitri Volkogonov
  30. Trotsky: Eternal Revolutionary by Dmitri Volkogonov
  31. Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life by Jonathan Sperber
  32. The End of Tsarist Russia: The March to World War I and Revolution by Dominic Lieven
  33. Soviet Soft Power in Poland: Culture and the Making of Stalin’s New Empire, 1943-1957 by Patryk Babiracki
  34. Propaganda State in Crisis: Soviet Ideology, Indoctrination, and Terror under Stalin, 1927-1941 by David Brandenberger
  35. The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile Under the Tsars by Daniel Beer
  36. Jewish Renaissance in the Russian Revolution by Kenneth B. Moss
  37. October: The Story of the Russian Revolution by China Miéville
  38. Cultivating the Masses: Modern State Practices and Soviet Socialism, 1914–1939 by David L. Hoffmann
  39. Stalin: New Biography of a Dictator by Oleg V. Khlevniuk
  40. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich: A Novel by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  41. Collision of Empires: The War on the Eastern Front in 1914 by Prit Buttar
  42. Germany Ascendant: The Eastern Front 1915 by Prit Buttar
  43. Russia’s Last Gasp: The Eastern Front 1916–17 by Prit Buttar
  44. The Splintered Empires: The Eastern Front 1917–21 by Prit Buttar
  45. Stalin and Europe: Imitation and Domination, 1928-1953 by Timothy Snyder and Ray Brandon
  46. Stalin and the Struggle for Supremacy in Eurasia by Alfred J. Rieber
  47. Stalin: Breaker of Nations by Robert Conquest
  48. The Great Terror: A Reassessment by Robert Conquest
  49. Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler: The Age of Social Catastrophe by Robert Gellately
  50. Making Uzbekistan: Nation, Empire, and Revolution in the Early USSR by Adeeb Khalid
  51. Despite Cultures: Early Soviet Rule in Tajikistan by Botakoz Kassymbekova
  52. Gulag Letters by Arsenii Formakov (Author), Emily D. Johnson (Editor)
  53. Veiled Empire: Gender and Power in Stalinist Central Asia by Douglas Northrop
  54. Behind the Urals: An American Worker in Russia’s City of Steel by John Scott
  55. The Sovietization of Azerbaijan: The South Caucasus in the Triangle of Russia, Turkey, and Iran, 1920–1922 by Jamil Hasanli
  56. Lenin: A Biography by Robert Service
  57. Leon Trotsky: A Revolutionary’s Life by Joshua Rubenstein
  58. Tashkent: Forging a Soviet City, 1930–1966 by Paul Stronski
  59. Young Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore
  60. Between Prometheism and Realpolitik: Poland and Soviet Ukraine, 1921-1926 by Jan Jacek Bruski
  61. Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar by Simon Sebag Montefiore
  62. Stalin’s Loyal Executioner: People’s Commissar Nikolai Ezhov, 1895-1940 by Marc Jansen and Nikita Petrov
  63. Iconography of Power: Soviet Political Posters under Lenin and Stalin by Victoria E. Bonnell
  64. The Red Army and the Great Terror: Stalin’s Purge of the Soviet Military by Peter Whitewood
  65. Stalinist Terror: New Perspectives by John Arch Getty and Roberta Thompson Manning (Editors)
  66. The Devils’ Alliance: Hitler’s Pact with Stalin, 1939-1941 by Roger Moorhouse
  67. Stalin’s Holy War: Religion, Nationalism, and Alliance Politics, 1941-1945 by Steven Merritt Miner
  68. Ivan’s War: Life and Death in the Red Army, 1939-1945 by Catherine Merridale
  69. Stalin’s Citizens: Everyday Politics in the Wake of Total War by Serhy Yekelchyk
  70. Russia’s War: A History of the Soviet Effort: 1941-1945 by Richard Overy
  71. Smersh: Stalin’s Secret Weapon by Vadim Birstein
  72. The Eastern Front 1914-1917 by Norman Stone
  73. Warsaw 1920: Lenin’s Failed Conquest of Europe by Adam Zamoyski
  74. The Clash of Moral Nations: Cultural Politics in Pilsudski’s Poland, 1926–1935 by Eva Plach
  75. Soviet Soft Power in Poland: Culture and the Making of Stalin’s New Empire, 1943-1957 by Patryk Babiracki
  76. Stalin’s Secret Pogrom: The Postwar Inquisition of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee by Joshua Rubenstein
  77. Unfinished Utopia: Nowa Huta, Stalinism, and Polish Society, 1949–56 by Katherine Lebow
  78. The Prophet: The Life of Leon Trotsky by Isaac Deutscher
  79. Hitler, Stalin, and Mussolini: Totalitarianism in the Twentieth Century by Bruce F. Pauley
  80. Fear and the Muse Kept Watch: The Russian Masters—from Akhmatova and Pasternak to Shostakovich and Eisenstein—Under Stalin by Andy McSmith
  81. Stalin’s Slave Ships: Kolyma, the Gulag Fleet, and the Role of the West by Martin J. Bollinger
  82. The Long War: The Intellectual People’s Front and Anti-Stalinism, 1930–1940 by Judy Kutulas
  83. Becoming Soviet Jews: The Bolshevik Experiment in Minsk by Elissa Bemporad
  84. The Cold War and Soviet Insecurity: The Stalin Years by Vojtech Mastny
  85. Cold Peace: Stalin and the Soviet Ruling Circle, 1945-1953 by Yoram Gorlizki and Oleg Khlevniuk
  86. The Russian Revolution by Richard Pipes
  87. Red Cloud at Dawn: Truman, Stalin, and the End of the Atomic Monopoly by Michael D. Gordin

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