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The Political Thought of Joseph Stalin: A Study in Twentieth Century Revolutionary Patriotism epub

by Erik van Ree


The Political Thought of Joseph Stalin: A Study in Twentieth Century Revolutionary Patriotism epub

ISBN: 0415406269

ISBN13: 978-0415406260

Author: Erik van Ree

Category: Social Sciences

Subcategory: Social Sciences

Language: English

Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (October 30, 2002)

Pages: 380 pages

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Erik van Ree's profound book will, surely, become a standard reference in Soviet studies not only because it is the first narrowly focused and truly comprehensive treatment of Stalinist political thought as such. It is also an exceptionally dense and well-structured investigation that, moreover, attempts to situate Stalinism within the wider context of radical nationalist tendencies in European nineteenth- and twentieth-century left-wing thought

A Study in Twentieth-Century Revolutionary Patriotism Introduction 1. Jacobinism 2. Marxism, Leninism and .

A Study in Twentieth-Century Revolutionary Patriotism Introduction 1. Marxism, Leninism and the State 3. Proletarian revolution in a backward country 4. Marxist nationalism 5. Stalin. Socialist in content, national in form 15. Did Stalin 'betray' the world revolution? 16. Revolutionary patriotism 17. The philosophy of revolutionary patriotism Conclusion Bibliography. Do you want to read the rest of this article? Request full-text.

To write a book about Stalin’s political thought is a risky project. To focus a study of Joseph Stalin on his ideas is, therefore, a project of which the very relevance should be more or less shown in advance

To write a book about Stalin’s political thought is a risky project. During the many years when I was occupied with it I was routinely treated to the ironic question: Did he, then, have any political thought at all? Decades after his leader’s death, Lazar Kaganovich said: before anything else, Stalin was an ideological person. For him the idea was the main thing. To focus a study of Joseph Stalin on his ideas is, therefore, a project of which the very relevance should be more or less shown in advance. That the Soviet dictator was not a stupid man is generally taken for granted, but that political doctrine was essential for him is open to general doubt to no lesser degree.

This book presents a comprehensive analysis of the political thought of Joseph Stalin

This book presents a comprehensive analysis of the political thought of Joseph Stalin. Overall, the book argues that This book presents a comprehensive analysis of the political thought of Joseph Stalin

Categories: Other Social Sciences\Politics. org to approved e-mail addresses. You may be interested in. Cold Peace: Stalin and the Soviet Ruling Circle, 1945-1953. Yoram Gorlizki, Oleg Khlevniuk. File: PDF, . 9 MB. Political Thought from Machiavelli to Stalin: Revolutionary Machiavellism.

In his introduction he addresses this issue, although I think a discussion of the deeper historiographical context of studies of Stalin would have been useful.

The Political Thought of Joseph Stalin A Study in Twentieth-Century Revolutionary Patriotism Erik van Ree London, Routledge, 2002, ISBN: 700717498X; 375pp. In his introduction he addresses this issue, although I think a discussion of the deeper historiographical context of studies of Stalin would have been useful. He argues, correctly in my view, that western scholars have approached this question from the mistaken angle that Stalin was interested in power and power alone. Doctrine was secondary, derivative, irrelevant.

This book presents a comprehensive analysis of the political thought of Joseph Stalin. If the book by Erik van Ree teaches us one thing, it is that there is indeed ample reason to take Stalin seriously as a thinker. And this is not so much because of his origniality as an 'innovator' of Marxism but, on the contrary, as its faithful developer. Erik van Ree is a lecturer at the Institute for East European Studies of the University of Amsterdam.

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This book presents a comprehensive analysis of the political thought of Joseph Stalin. Making full use of the documentation that has recently become available, including Stalin's private library with his handwritten margin notes, the book provides many insights on Stalin, and also on western and Russian Marxist intellectual traditions. Overall, the book argues that Stalin's political thought is not primarily indebted to the Russian autocratic tradition, but belongs to a tradition of revolutionary patriotism that stretches back through revolutionary Marxism to Jacobin thought in the French Revolution. It makes interesting comparisons between Stalin, Lenin, Bukharin and Trotsky, and explains a great deal about the mindset of those brought up in the Stalinist era, and about the era's many key problems, including the industrial revolution from above, socialist cultural policy, Soviet treatment of nationalities, pre-war and Cold War foreign policy, and the purges.
Erik van Ree's profound book will, surely, become a standard reference in Soviet studies not only because it is the first narrowly focused and truly comprehensive treatment of Stalinist political thought as such. It is also an exceptionally dense and well-structured investigation that, moreover, attempts to situate Stalinism within the wider context of radical nationalist tendencies in European nineteenth- and twentieth-century left-wing thought. In fact, van Ree starts his study with a chapter on Jacobinism which, in his interpretation, gives birth to a peculiar, distinct strand within the radical left that reached its apex in Stalinism. Van Ree's main argument is that the sources of Stalinist nationalism are to be found not only or not so much in various pre-revolutionary societal and governmental russophile ideas and policies, ranging from Slavophilism to Black Hundredism. Instead, Stalinism was part and parcel of a development that had taken and was taking place relatively autonomously within the European left-wing movement, including its Russian section. While van Ree thus agrees with those interpretations that see the nationalist (or patriotic) element within Stalinism as a core feature of Stalin's outlook, he refuses to locate Stalinism within the conventionally nationalist Russian tradition. Van Ree, in particular, shows that, although Stalin was well-read, he had not much interest in non-leftist political thought and had only scant knowledge of the ideas of the pre-revolutionary Russian right.

Van Ree's study will not only be appreciated by researchers. It also provides a very good text-book for advanced under-graduate and post-graduate seminars. It provides a useful alternative to the numerous biographies of Stalin that, while often making interesting reading, mix freely historical, psychological, economic, political, etc. analysis. Van Ree's study, instead, focuses on what Stalin said and wrote, and addresses, in a systematic and straight-forward manner, scholarly debates on the various contradictions in Stalinist rhetoric ("socialism in one country," nationalism vs. internationalism, the withering away vs. strengthening of the state, pro-Nazi and anti-fascist tendencies, etc.). The book will, therefore, be appreciated by Russian history teachers as an excellent complementary text for the period of 1917-1953, by political theorists as a unique addition to the scholarly literature on Bolshevism, and by East European area studies specialists as a good addition to further reading lists on the nature of politics in the former Soviet bloc. It is to be hoped, therefore, that the study will be soon reprinted as a paper-back in order to be affordable for students.
This remarkable book studies the development of Stalin's thought, using the evidence of his private library, the books he studied and noted. These were overwhelmingly Marxist in origin; none were by orthodox or conservative Russian thinkers. Stalin used only Marxist sources, especially Marx and Lenin, and never referred to writers in the old Russian, Tsarist, autocratic tradition. The book shows how Stalin's thoughts and deeds were rooted in the revolutionary ideas of Marxism.
Stalin was a genuine and convinced Marxist, a moderniser, a Westerniser, who promoted huge advances in education, health and welfare. He accelerated industrialisation and collectivised agriculture, just as Marx and Engels had advocated. He used state centralisation, democratic centralism, to defeat feudal fragmentation and backwardness, as Marx and Engels had recommended to the Paris Commune of 1871. They supported the Commune as a dictatorship of the proletariat, not a parliamentary but a working body, executive and legislative at the same time. Stalin too always denounced the social democratic idea of a `peaceful transition to socialism' through `bourgeois parliamentarism'.
The Soviet revolution did destroy the old landowning and capitalist classes by collectivising agriculture and taking ownership of the country's industry. In response, those dying classes sharpened their struggle against emerging socialism in the 1930s, as Lenin had warned that they would, and they sought support both in the Party and from the enemy states surrounding the Soviet Union.
The idea of socialism in one country stems from the Communist Manifesto, which said that the working class of each country `must, of course, first of all settle matters with its own bourgeoisie', and also from Lenin. Ever since August 1915, Lenin defended the principle of socialism in one country, asserting that capitalism's uneven development enabled the Russian working class to start to build socialism. By 1923, he was saying that the Soviet Union could create a `complete socialist society'.
The book's last two chapters both focus on Stalin's idea of revolutionary patriotism, directly descended from the Jacobins of the French Revolution. Stalin defended workers' nationalism, the concept that each nation's working class had to uphold the nation's democracy, its honour and its sovereignty.