The Russian Revolution and Stalinism
Welcome To Our Study Group
We are a friendly and respectful group of individuals focused on studying and reading about the Russian Revolution and Stalinism. Individuals sympathetic to or who seek to excuse, distort or deny the crimes of the Russian Revolution, Civil War, Stalinism, [insert all other “ism”s here] are not welcome.
The primary focus is Stalinism and how it evolved from the Russian Revolution. The Russian Revolution and Civil War is studied mainly in relationship to Stalinism and the role Stalin played in it and their connections to the events in Germany.
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 and our World War I Reading Group.
Intentional distortion of history or denial / minimizing / justifying the crimes associated with Stalin and the Russian Revolution will not be tolerated. These crimes also do not need to be exaggerated (hard to do, but some try) or (more commonly) extrapolated to completely unrelated topics.
Study Reading Group starting January 2018
- Click here to see the complete reading list for the study group
- Click here for ways to meaningfully participate in our reading group
Thank you for your interest and participation.
Our Current Book
- Stalin: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928 by Stephen Kotkin
- Our Facebook Discussion Page (The World War I Study Group)
Articles and Information
- Stephen Kotkin – Princeton University
- Stephen Kotkin Personal Homepage
- Terror and killing and more killing under Stalin leading up to World War II
- How to Build A Dictatorship – Slate
- How Stalin Became A Stalinist – The New Yorker
- A Portrait of Stalin in All His Murderous Contradictions
- Stephen Kotkin explains how Stalin defined the Soviet system
- Communism’s Bloody Century by Stephen Kotkin – Wall Street Journal
- Stalin: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928 by Stephen Kotkin The Guardian Review
- Video: Stephen Kotkin – War, Revolution, Socialism, War
- Video: Uncommon Knowledge: Stephen Kotkin on Stalin’s Rise to Power
- Video: Uncommon Knowledge: Stephen Kotkin discusses Stalin’s Consolidation of Power
- Video: Stalin’s World: Stephen Kotkin in Conversation with David Remnick
Our Reading Schedule
Part I: Double-Headed Eagle
Part 2: Durnovó’s Revolutionary War
Part 3: Collision