Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts The Untold Story of Joseph Stalin, and Reflections on Russia Today

The Untold Story of Joseph Stalin, and Reflections on Russia Today

  • February 19, 2015
  • Speakers:
  • Stephen Kotkin
    John P. Birkelund Professor in History and International Affairs at Princeton University
  • Date / Time:
  • February 19, 2015
  • 6:00 pm
  • Venue:
  • Present Day Club
  • 72 Stockton Street
  • Princeton. NJ. US. 08540

Perhaps you think Joseph Stalin’s story has been told before, but Stephen Kotkin’s Stalin: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928 contains a host of astonishing revelations, bringing to the public’s attention for the first time materials from Soviet military intelligence and the secret police. The first of a projected three- volume study, the book has been described by the New York Times as “masterly” and by the Washington Post as “replete with witty aphorisms, vividly told anecdotes, and sweeping conclusions about power and politics.”  In this talk, Kotkin will examine Stalin in the larger historical and geographic context, and employ that larger context to understand the place of Russia today under Vladimir Putin. Kotkin has taught at Princeton since 1989 and served as vice dean of the Woodrow Wilson School.  He is also the W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.  A frequent contributor to The New York Times, he is the author of several books, including Uncivil Society and Armageddon Averted.


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