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. Stalin Lenin Kalinin

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

Thank you for your interest and participation.

Our Current Book

Articles and Information

Stephen Kotkin is the John P. Birkelund Professor in History and International Affairs at Princeton University. He is also a fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He directs Princeton’s Institute for International and Regional Studies and co-directs its Program in the History and Practice of Diplomacy. Kotkin was a Pultizer Prize finalist for Stalin: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928.

Our Reading Schedule

Part I: Double-Headed Eagle

Part 2: Durnovó’s Revolutionary War

  • Chapter 5
  • Chapter 6
  • Chapter 7
  • Chapter 8
  • Chapter 8
  • Chapter 9

Part 3: Collision

  • Chapter 10
  • Chapter 11
  • Chapter 12
  • Chapter 13
  • Chapter 14