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Stephen Kotkin Presents New Biography of Stalin

interview with Stephen Kotkin
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Stephen Kotkin, Princeton professor and Hoover research fellow, discusses his new Stalin biography in Stauffer auditorium
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Martino Mingione

On Wednesday, January 28, 2015, in a talk sponsored by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives, Princeton professor and Hoover fellow Stephen Kotkin discussed his newly published book Stalin, Volume 1: Paradoxes of Power, 1878–1928. Based on extensive research, the book is the first volume of his trilogy on the life and times of the Soviet dictator. Kotkin's biography focuses on Stalin's role in the Russian revolution and his subsequent rise to power within the Bolshevik hierarchy. It also situates Stalin's political career in the wider context of Russian and world history.