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Letters to Molotov: 1925-1936

Letters to Molotov It is thus important to a fundamentally purge the Finance and Gosbank bureaucracy despite the wails of dubious Communists like Briukhanov Piatakov b definitely shoot two or three dozen wreckers from

  • Title: Letters to Molotov: 1925-1936
  • Author: Joseph Stalin Lars T. Lih Oleg V. Naumov Oleg V. Khlevniuk
  • ISBN: 9780300068610
  • Page: 292
  • Format: Paperback
  • It is thus important to a fundamentally purge the Finance and Gosbank bureaucracy, despite the wails of dubious Communists like Briukhanov Piatakov b definitely shoot two or three dozen wreckers from these apparaty, including several dozen common cashiers J Stalin, no earlier than 6 August 1930 Today I read the section on international affairs It came out well Th It is thus important to a fundamentally purge the Finance and Gosbank bureaucracy, despite the wails of dubious Communists like Briukhanov Piatakov b definitely shoot two or three dozen wreckers from these apparaty, including several dozen common cashiers J Stalin, no earlier than 6 August 1930 Today I read the section on international affairs It came out well The confident, contemptuous tone with respect to the great powers, the belief in our own strength, the delicate but plain spitting in the pot of the swaggering great powers very good Let them eat it J Stalin, January 1933 Between 1925 and 1936, a dramatic period of transformation within the Soviet Union, Josef Stalin wrote frequently to his trusted friend and political colleague Viacheslav Molotov, Politburo member, chairman of the USSR Council of Commissars, and minister of foreign affairs In these letters, Stalin mused on political events, argued with fellow Politburo members, and issued orders The than 85 letters collected in this volume constitute a unique historical record of Stalin s thinking both personal and political and throw valuable light on the way he controlled the government, plotted the overthrow of his enemies, and imagined the future This formerly top secret correspondence, once housed in Soviet archives, is now published for the first time.The letters reveal Stalin in many different and dramatic situations fighting against party rivals like Trotsky and Bukharin, trying to maneuver in the rapids of the Chinese revolution, negotiating with the West, insisting on the completion of all out collectivization, and ordering the execution of scapegoats for economic failures And they provide important and fascinating information about the Soviet Union s party state leadership, about party politics, and about Stalin himself as an administrator, as a Bolshevik, and as an individual.The book includes much supplementary material that places the letters in context Russian editor Oleg V Naumov and his associates have annotated the letters, introduced each chronological section, and added other archival documents that help explain the correspondence American editor Lars T Lih has provided a lengthy introduction identifying what is new in the letters and using them to draw a portrait of Stalin as leader Lih points out how the letters help us grasp Stalin s unique blend of cynicism and belief, manipulation and sincerity a combination of qualities with catastrophic consequences for Soviet Russia and the world.

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    1 thought on “Letters to Molotov: 1925-1936

    1. About what you'd expect minute coverage of now narrow issues in Soviet history. The controversies with China / Chiang, Trotsky/Zinoviev/Kamenev and finally Bukharin. This thread of this story is very nicely spun out in letters, notes on deviations, etc a slow unspooling. One wonders if it could have wound up differently as the letters seem to show a slow (and reversible) movement against these "opposition" leaders. Part of the Yale / Soviet archive series.

    2. Talk about Masters of the Universe. These two men probably had more personal say in human fate than any other 20th Century individuals, except for perhaps Himmler and Mao. Remember, the great bulk of their office correspondence consisted of long, long lists of candidates for murder that they reviewed and initialed. From time to time, Stalin would piously pretend concern. Molotov, knowing on which side his bread was buttered, aimed to please Stalin, the universal genius. So one really would read [...]

    3. Fascinating series of letters, with first-rate commentary and background, that build with increasing rigidity and vindictiveness. There are crucial portents of what was to come (and enough was already underway by 1929). A pity there are so few from the 1930s overall but, as the editors point out, it's hardly surprising that Molotov would be highly circumspect about revealing too much from that period.

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