Let History Judge: The Origins and Consequences of Stalinism

Roy Aleksandrovich Medvedev is a Russian political writer renowned as the author of a comprehensive history of Stalinism which he published as a dissident Medvedev became a prominent Russian public figure and was a consultant to Mikhail Gorbachev Medvedev criticized former Soviet Communist Party General Secretary Joseph Stalin, and Stalinism in general, from a Marxist peRoy Aleksandrovich Medvedev is a Russian political writer renowned as the author of a comprehensive history of Stalinism which he published as a dissident Medvedev became a prominent Russian public figure and was a consultant to Mikhail Gorbachev Medvedev criticized former Soviet Communist Party General Secretary Joseph Stalin, and Stalinism in general, from a Marxist perspective In the early 60s, Medvedev was engaged in illegal samizdat publications critical of the Soviet regime In 1969, Medvedev was expelled from the Communist Party after the publication of his Let History Judge The Origins and Consequences of Stalinism, which criticized Stalin and Stalinism at a time when official Soviet propagandists were engaged in a partial rehabilitation of the former dictator The book reflected the dissident thinking that emerged in the sixties among Soviet intellectuals who sought a reformed, democratic socialism and a return to Leninism He announced his position, along with Andrei Sakharov and others, in an open letter to the Soviet leadership in 1970 He was repeatedly subjected to house arrest and KGB harassment under Leonid Brezhnev, but managed to publish abroad numerous critical writings on Soviet history and politics.
Let History Judge The Origins and Consequences of Stalinism Roy Aleksandrovich Medvedev is a Russian political writer renowned as the author of a comprehensive history of Stalinism which he published as a dissident Medvedev became a prominent Russian public fi

  • Title: Let History Judge: The Origins and Consequences of Stalinism
  • Author: Рой Медведев David Joravsky Georges Haupt Collen Taylor Roy Aleksandrovich Medvedev
  • ISBN: 9780394446455
  • Page: 312
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Let History Judge: The Origins and Consequences of Stalinism”

    1. I don't think there's a way to write on the Stalinist era that isn't oppressive, so if 800+ pages on this particular variant of totalitarianism - with pages upon pages of names of folks who were purged - doesn't appeal to you, skip this. It can drag you down.That said, Medvedev's work is impressive for a number of reasons - the first being his access (novel at the time) to internal party and other unpublished sources that illuminate the cruelty of the era. His is a critical look at Stalin, but i [...]

    2. Solid internal Marxist critique of Stalinist system, attending to violations of ICCPR-type concepts as well as deviations from socialist policy.

    3. Out of all the books I have read for Russian history I found this one the most fascinating. Mainly because of the provenance and the links to the other texts which reference the author.

    4. An extremely thorough collection of primary source material - very difficult and rare to find outside of this collection all in one place.

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