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An authoritative account of Stalin as a wartime leader--showing how his paradoxical policies of mass mobilization and repression affected all aspects of Soviet society The Second World War was the defining moment in the history of the Soviet Union. With Stalin at the helm, it emerged victorious at a...

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Author / Creator: Rieber, Alfred J. (Author)
Format: eBook Electronic
Language:English
Imprint: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2022]
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Summary:An authoritative account of Stalin as a wartime leader--showing how his paradoxical policies of mass mobilization and repression affected all aspects of Soviet society The Second World War was the defining moment in the history of the Soviet Union. With Stalin at the helm, it emerged victorious at a huge economic and human cost. But even before the fighting had ended, Stalin began to turn against the architects of success. In this original and comprehensive study, Alfred J. Rieber examines Stalin as a wartime leader, arguing that his policies were profoundly paradoxical. In preparation for the war, Stalin mobilized the whole of Soviet society in pursuit of his military goals and intensified the centralization of his power. Yet at the same time, his use of terror weakened the forces vital to the defense of the country. In his efforts to rebuild the country after the devastating losses and destruction, he suppressed groups that had contributed immeasurably to victory. His steady, ruthless leadership cultivated a legacy that was to burden the Soviet Union and Russia to the present day.
An authoritative account of Stalin as a wartime leader--showing how his paradoxical policies of mass mobilization and repression affected all aspects of Soviet society
Item Description:Online resource; title from PDF title page (JSTOR platform, viewed October 24, 2022).
Physical Description:1 online resource (xiv, 360 pages) : illustrations (black and white)
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:9780300269000
0300269005
Author Notes:Alfred J. Rieber is university professor emeritus at the Central European University and emeritus professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous books including Stalin and the Struggle for Supremacy in Eurasia , which was shortlisted for the Pushkin Book Prize.