Stephen Kotkin's talk to be titled "Stalin's Collectivization: Crime of the Century or Necessity?"

Monday, July 29, 2013
Stalin at the Tehran Conference in 1943.
Stalin at the Tehran Conference in 1943.

Stalin’s collectivization was a turning point in a thousand years of Russian history. Millions died, millions starved but survived, livestock was slaughtered en masse; in many ways agriculture never recovered. The Soviet regime thus doomed itself in a self-inflicted blow.

What was Stalin thinking? Was it to enhance his dictatorial power, or did he just badly misunderstand the political and economic situation?

Collectivization is one of the most studied aspects of Soviet history. This talk will reexamine Stalin’s decision making and the formation of the totalitarian system by putting the audience inside Stalin’s head.

Date: August 1, 2013
Time: 12 PM
Speaker: Professor Stephen Kotkin
Location: LHH 115
Refreshments after the talk
Open to the public, but with Limited Seating