One of the world’s leading scholars on Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union joins Institute Historian to discuss this critical figure in 20th century history.
Perhaps no figure in 20th century history is as well known, but poorly understood, as Joseph Stalin. This enlightening and engaging conversation will shed light on Stalin’s formative years and early participation in the Bolshevik organization, as well as his rule over the Soviet Union into the early 1930s, which saw tremendous human suffering due to his orders, but also led to the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II.
Ronald Grigor Suny is William H. Sewell Jr. Distinguished University Professor of History and Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan and Emeritus Professor of Political Science and History at the University of Chicago. The author of more than 10 books, and many more articles, Dr. Suny will be asked questions about two specific books of his, Stalin: Passage to Revolution (Princeton, 2020); Red Flag Wounded: Stalinism and the Fate of the Soviet Experiment (2020).