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  • Stalin, Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928 | Stephen Kotkin

    Stalin, Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Stephen Kotkin
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
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    Volume One of Stalin begins and ends in January 1928 as Stalin boards a train bound for Siberia, about to embark upon the greatest gamble of his political life. He is now the ruler of the largest country in the world, but a poor and backward one, far behind the great capitalist countries in industrial and military power, encircled on all sides. In Siberia, Stalin conceives of the largest program of social reengineering ever attempted.

    IRP says: "Excellent Book But First Time Listener Beware"
  • Russia's Perpetual Geopolitics | Stephen Kotkin

    Russia's Perpetual Geopolitics

    • UNABRIDGED (26 mins)
    • By Stephen Kotkin
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
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    For half a millennium, Russian foreign policy has been characterized by soaring ambitions that have exceeded the country’s capabilities. Beginning with the reign of Ivan the Terrible in the sixteenth century, Russia managed to expand at an average rate of 50 square miles per day for hundreds of years, eventually covering one-sixth of the earth’s landmass. By 1900, it was the world’s fourth or fifth-largest industrial power and the largest agricultural producer in Europe.

  • The Resistible Rise of Vladimir Putin | Stephen Kotkin

    The Resistible Rise of Vladimir Putin

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    • By Stephen Kotkin
    • Narrated By Kevin Stillwell
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    How did 21st-century Russia end up, yet again, in personal rule? An advanced industrial country of 142 million people, it has no enduring political parties that organize and respond to voter preferences. The military is sprawling yet tame; the immense secret police are effectively in one man’s pocket. The hydrocarbon sector is a personal bank, and indeed much of the economy is increasingly treated as an individual fiefdom. Mass media move more or less in lockstep with the commands of the presidential administration.

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