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Inside the Stalin archives : discovering the new Russia

Author: Jonathan Brent
Publisher: New York : Atlas ; London : Turnaround [distributor], 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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To most Americans, Russia remains as enigmatic today as it was during the Iron Curtain era. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the country had an opportunity to confront its tortured past. In Inside the Stalin Archives, Jonathan Brent asks why this didn't happen. Why are the anti-Semitic Protocols of the Elders of Zion sold openly in the lobby of the State Duma? Why are archivists under surveillance and phones
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Brent, Jonathan.
Inside the Stalin archives.
New York : Atlas ; London : Turnaround [distributor], 2008
(OCoLC)609218648
Named Person: Joseph Stalin; Joseph Stalin; Joseph Stalin; Iosif V Stalin; Iosif V Stalin; Josef Stalin
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Brent
ISBN: 0977743330 9780977743339 1934633224 9781934633229
OCLC Number: 227016357
Awards: Public Library Core Collection.
Description: 335 pages, 11 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 19 cm
Contents: pt. 1: Connections. Descent : January 1992 ; Mariana ; Into the archive ; Mariana, continued ; The little man ; Mariana, continued ; Day two in the archive : the only American ; Pikhoia ; Farewell --
pt. 2: Searching. In the labyrinth ; Turmoil, misdirection, fear ; "Farewell, dead men" ; The secret death of Isaac Babel ; Raoul Wallenberg ; Erofeev's widow ; Vsyo normalno ; Vergil ; Yezhov's office ; The personal archive of Josef Stalin ; Stalin ; Stalin's hand.
Responsibility: Jonathan Brent.

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To most Americans, Russia remains as enigmatic today as it was during the Iron Curtain era. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the country had an opportunity to confront its tortured past. In Inside the Stalin Archives, Jonathan Brent asks why this didn't happen. Why are the anti-Semitic Protocols of the Elders of Zion sold openly in the lobby of the State Duma? Why are archivists under surveillance and phones still tapped? Why does Stalin, a man responsible for the deaths of millions of his own people, remain popular enough to appear on boxes of chocolate sold in the Moscow airport? Brent draws on 15 years of access to high-level Soviet archives to answer these questions. He shows us a Russia where, in 1992, used toothbrushes were sold on the sidewalks, while now shops are filled with luxury goods and the streets are jammed with BMWs. Stalin's specter hovers throughout, and in the book's crescendo Brent takes us deep into the dictator's personal papers, an unnerving prophecy of the world to come. Both cultural history and personal memoir, Inside the Stalin Archives is a deeply felt and vivid portrait of Russia in the 21st century. - Jacket flap.

To most Americans, Russia remains as enigmatic today as it was during the Iron Curtain era. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the country had an opportunity to confront its tortured past. Here, author Brent asks why this didn't happen. Why are archivists under surveillance and phones still tapped? Why does Stalin, responsible for the deaths of millions of his own people, remain popular enough to appear on boxes of chocolate? Brent draws on fifteen years of access to high-level Soviet archives to answer these questions. He shows us a Russia where, in 1992, used toothbrushes were sold on the sidewalks, while now shops are filled with luxury goods. Stalin's specter hovers throughout, and in the dictator's personal papers we find an unnerving prophecy of the world to come. Both cultural history and personal memoir, this is a deeply felt and vivid portrait of Russia in the 21st century.--From publisher description.

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