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Rahat Shahriar
Jul 17, 2022
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After working everyday life, to develop a study on the Job Function Email List structure of power in Stalinism? Again there are a number of reasons, but perhaps I could just mention the main one: I like to do things I haven't done before and I don't like to be pigeonholed. I had Job Function Email List already gone from being a cultural historian – or, rather, a historian of cultural institutions – to working in the field of social history. I mean, I hadn't stayed in one field. But on this specific question, I had Job Function Email List always known something about the Politburo in the 1920s because. For decades, I had cultivated a close friendship Job Function Email List with Igor Sats, Lunacharsky's secretary. Sats had met Trotsky, Stalin, Bukharin and used to talk to me about them, so I had an image of those characters and their personal interactions that was not captured in the literature at the time. In particular, she used to talk about it with political Job Function Email List scientist Jerry Hough, to whom she was then married. Jerry always said to me, "You should write this because it gives a picture of Soviet politics that we just don't have." But I didn't do it because I wanted to do social history. Long after Jerry and I got divorced—very amicably—I thought, "Why not do it?"ussr , you could do some really interesting Job Function Email List political history work." And I thought that maybe this could add something to the way we see and think about Stalin himself. Because there have been a lot of studies on Stalin. But almost all of them are biographical. I did not intend to Job Function Email List nullify that work, nor to say "No, it is the Politburo that runs everything, not Stalin." I was trying to Job Function Email List see how the Politburo fit into the Stalinist system. Stalin met with members of his Job Function Email List Politburo (or sometimes an ad hoc body)which overlapped with the formal Politburo) practically every day for several hours.
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