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Seminar 18

Stalinism after Stalin

  • Was the Soviet Union a Stalinist society after Stalin’s death? [debate]
  • Is Stalinism an ideology, a political system, or the name of a specific period in Russian/Soviet history?
  • How far reaching was de-Stalinisation?


N.S. Khrushchev, ‘Secret Speech Delivered by First Party Secretary at the Twentieth Party Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, February 25, 1956’, from the Congressional Record: Proceedings and Debates of the 84th Congress, 2nd Session (May 22, 1956-June 11, 1956), C11, Part 7 (June 4, 1956), pp. 9389-9403.

Essential Reading

Suny, The Soviet Experiment, pp. 387-420.

Additional Reading

Khrushchev Remembers (Boston, 1970)

Khrushchev Remembers: The Last Testament (Boston, 1974)

Khrushchev Remembers: The Glasnost Tapes (Boston, 1990)

Cohen, Stephen F., Alexander Rabinowitch, and Robert Sharlet (eds.), The Soviet Union since Stalin (Bloomington, Ind., 1980)

Martin McCauley (ed.), Khrushchev and Khrushchevism (Bloomington, Ind., 1987)