Ideological Imperatives

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The assigned works of Viola, Fitzpatrick (Everyday Stalinism, chs 2-3), Kotkin (?Speaking Bolshevik?), and James Scott emphasize the inescapable need to historicize Bolshevik ideology in pursuit of understanding the turbulent and all-too-often violent years of early Stalinism (late 1920s and 1930s).In your essay, explore these authors? analytical approaches to understanding the role of ideology (and, in some cases, ideological language) in the Stalinist campaigns to collectivize, industrialize, and culturally re-engineer Soviet society. What, in your view, are the strengths and/or weaknesses of these historians? interpretations?

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