Stalin as Revolutionary, 1879-1929: A Study in History and Personality

Stalin as Revolutionary A Study in History and Personality XX

  • Title: Stalin as Revolutionary, 1879-1929: A Study in History and Personality
  • Author: Robert C. Tucker
  • ISBN: 9781597400527
  • Page: 233
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. A scholar of Marxism and the Soviet Union, Robert Tucker studied at Harvard University While working on a doctorate in philosophy, he spent two years as a translator for the United States Embassy in Moscow, where he met his wife Evgeniya Pestretsova His inability to gain an exit visa for her when he returned to the United States in 1946, which proved a key experience in stimulating his studies.After completing his dissertation, Tucker worked for the RAND Corporation and taught at Indiana University He wrote a number of books about Marxism and Stalinism, most notably a two volume biography of Josef Stalin which adopted a psychological interpretation to explain how Stalin gained and used power.

    2. I have admired Robert Tucker's work for decades now, and I am glad at long last to take up the first of his two volume study of Stalin. After reading about 200 pages, I would say that Montefiore's recent (2009) book, "Young Stalin," has superceded Tucker's work in its account of events, but then again how could it not. Tucker published this book in 1973, well before the opening up to Western historians of many archives that preserve relevant documents. Tucker's subject, however, which isn't Mont [...]

    3. FROM KOTKIN NEW BIO: QUOTE: Tucker’s recourse to psychology in his first volume, partly to compensate for inaccessible source materials, was understandable. In Tucker’s second volume, Stalin is portrayed as a ruler with a paranoid personality who identifies with other paranoid rulers, particularly Ivan the Terrible, and who chooses from Russian political culture the elements of a paranoid style of rule. Tucker, Stalin in Power. Tucker did not complete the projected third and final volume bef [...]

    4. Stalin as a Revolutionary was very fascinating. Tucker takes the path less traveled and goes beyond Stalin the historical figure and Stalin the dictator and instead looks at Stalin the psychologically flawed young man, Stalin the stickler for detail, and Stalin the inattentive spouse and father.

    5. Stalin won the argument. He convinced the majority of the Bolsheviks that his theoretical interpretation and practical line of action was correct in critical periods. This allowed him to centralize personal power without major objection.

    6. The author's tendency to psychoanalyze Stalin and the Bolsheviks is rather annoying. Would have been better if that was all discarded.

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