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Stalin, the Russians, and Their War: 1941-1945 (Hardback)
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Stalin, the Russians, and Their War: 1941-1945 (Hardback)

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 30/04/2004
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Until the advent of glasnost began to lift censorship in the Soviet Union in the mid-1980s, it was impossible for Russians in Russia to truthfully depict their own struggle against Nazi Germany. Even before World War II was over, the Soviet propaganda machine began to construct an official story: through enormous sacrifice, the Soviet people had gloriously freed themselves and the world from fascism, raising the hammer and sickle higher than ever on the ruins of Hitler's imperialist dreams. In Stalin, the Russians, and Their War, however, Marius Broekmeyer presents the testimony of Russian participants, eyewitnesses, and historians of World War II to reveal not a heroic struggle, but a war marred by catastrophes, errors, and lies. These testimonies openly discuss subjects omitted from official Soviet propaganda or glossed over in popular Western histories of the Allied victory in WWII - from purges within the Red Army and Soviet use of ""punitive brigades"" to the deployment of millions of poorly-equipped soldiers to the front lines.

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
ISBN: 9780299195908
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 572 g
Dimensions: 230 x 164 x 24 mm


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"A clear-eyed, uncompromising view of a critical and often disregarded element in the Allied triumph over the Third Reich. Broekmeyer amasses vignettes to create a kaleidoscopic impression of the war, the Stalinist state, and their impacts on the lives of ordinary people. The overall effect is as devastating as it is enlightening." David McDonald, University of Wisconsin Madison, author of "United Government and Russian Foreign Policy, 1900 1914""
"Reads like a living tableau of human suffering, stupidity, and sacrifice in all its aspects. A fascinating and gruesome read." John Lowenhardt, University for Humanities, Utrecht"

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