In the Mind of Stalin

James Greensmith

On 1 October 1939, Winston Churchill, First Lord of the Admiralty and soon to be the UK's wartime leader, described Russia as ‘a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma'. The same can certainly be said of Stalin.
Date Published :
May 2023
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
32 mono illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781399063579
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9.2 X 6.1 inches
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Overview
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On 1 October 1939, Winston Churchill, First Lord of the Admiralty and soon to be the UK’s wartime leader, described Russia as ‘a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma’. The same can certainly be said of Stalin. How can this paradox of a man, who on the one hand had once exhibited great tenderness and kindness to his daughter Svetlana, and on the other sent millions – including members of his own family - to their deaths, be explained?

It is impossible to quantify the total number of deaths attributable to the policies of Stalin, but the ‘Excess Mortality’ (i.e., deaths over and above what would normally have been expected during the period in question) gives an approximate figure in excess of 40 million.

However, this is only part of the story of the amount of misery inflicted by the Stalin regime through torture, deliberate starvation, neglect, separation from loved ones, cold and hypothermia (e.g. in the prisons of Siberia), which is unquantifiable and unimaginable.

Svetlana confessed that she ‘would never undertake to “explain” what motivated all my father’s actions, simply because I do not possess the psychological genius of [Russian novelist] Dostoevsky, who knew how to “penetrate” into another man’s soul and “examine it from within”’.

About The Author
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Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, who was responsible for the deaths of in excess of 40 million people, was renowned for reacting violently to anyone whom he perceived to be a threat. But were these threats always real, or were they often imaginary? In other words, did Stalin exhibit the classical signs of paranoia?

As an author who is fascinated by the workings of the human mind, I will attempt in this narrative to unravel the enigma that was Stalin, and to discover what made this ‘Man of Steel’ tick!

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