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The Resource The year I was Peter the Great : 1956- Kruschev, Stalin's ghost, and a young American in Russia, Marvin Kalb

The year I was Peter the Great : 1956- Kruschev, Stalin's ghost, and a young American in Russia, Marvin Kalb

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The year I was Peter the Great : 1956- Kruschev, Stalin's ghost, and a young American in Russia
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The year I was Peter the Great
Title remainder
1956- Kruschev, Stalin's ghost, and a young American in Russia
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Marvin Kalb
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eng
Summary
1956 was an extraordinary year in modern Russian history. It was called 2the year of the thaw3{u2±»5}a time when Stalin{u2019}s dark legacy of dictatorship died in February only to be reborn later that December. This historic arc from rising hope to crushing despair opened with a speech by Nikita Khrushchev, then the unpredictable leader of the Soviet Union. He astounded everyone by denouncing the one figure who, up to that time, had been hailed as a 2genius,3 a wizard of communism{u2015}Josef Stalin himself. Now, suddenly, this once unassailable god was being portrayed as a 2madman3 whose idiosyncratic rule had seriously undermined communism and endangered the Soviet state. This amazing switch from hero to villain lifted a heavy overcoat of fear from the backs of ordinary Russians. It also quickly led to anti-communist uprisings in Eastern Europe, none more bloody and challenging than the one in Hungary, which Soviet troops crushed at year{u2019}s end. Marvin Kalb, then a young diplomatic attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, observed this tumultuous year that foretold the end of Soviet communism three decades later. Fluent in Russian, a doctoral candidate at Harvard, he went where few other foreigners would dare go, listening to Russian students secretly attack communism and threaten rebellion against the Soviet system, traveling from one end of a changing country to the other and, thanks to his diplomatic position, meeting and talking with Khrushchev, who playfully nicknamed him Peter the Great. In this, his fifteenth book, Kalb writes a fascinating eyewitness account of a superpower in upheaval and of a people yearning for an end to dictatorship
Biography type
autobiography
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DLC
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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The year I was Peter the Great : 1956- Kruschev, Stalin's ghost, and a young American in Russia, Marvin Kalb
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Includes index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Roots -- War, college, and basketball -- Joyce, Teddy, and journalism -- From Kohn to Khrushchev -- "Govorit Moskva, govorit Moskva" ("Moscow calling, Moscow calling") -- Destalinization = Destabilization -- The "thaw" -- From Zhukov to Poznan -- Into the heartland -- A summertime break in Central Asia -- Where Stalin was still worshipped -- Back to a familiar chill -- "Dark, frightening and tragic days" -- Uvarov, Sasha, and Stalin's ghost -- At the end of the arc -- Postscript : five months later
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sky2ocm89325226
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 290 pages
Isbn
9780815731610
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2017020201
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
The year I was Peter the Great : 1956- Kruschev, Stalin's ghost, and a young American in Russia, Marvin Kalb
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Roots -- War, college, and basketball -- Joyce, Teddy, and journalism -- From Kohn to Khrushchev -- "Govorit Moskva, govorit Moskva" ("Moscow calling, Moscow calling") -- Destalinization = Destabilization -- The "thaw" -- From Zhukov to Poznan -- Into the heartland -- A summertime break in Central Asia -- Where Stalin was still worshipped -- Back to a familiar chill -- "Dark, frightening and tragic days" -- Uvarov, Sasha, and Stalin's ghost -- At the end of the arc -- Postscript : five months later
Control code
sky2ocm89325226
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 290 pages
Isbn
9780815731610
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2017020201
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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