Stalin's Curse

Battling for Communism in War and Cold War

By Robert Gellately
(Vintage Books, Paperback, 9780307389459, 477pp.)

Publication Date: December 3, 2013

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At the Big Three conferences of World War II, Joseph Stalin persuasively played the role of a great world leader, whose primary concerns lay in international strategy and power politics, and not communist ideology. Now, using recently uncovered documents, Robert Gellately conclusively shows that, in fact, the dictator was biding his time, determined to establish Communist regimes across Europe and beyond. His actions during those years—and the poorly calculated responses to them from the West—set in motion what would eventually become the Cold War. Exciting, deeply engaging, and shrewdly perceptive, Stalin’s Curse is an unprecedented revelation of the sinister machinations of Stalin’s Kremlin.

About the Author
<p>Robert Gellately is the Earl Ray Beck Professor of History at Florida State University and was the Bertelsmann Visiting Professor of Twentieth-Century Jewish Politics and History at Oxford University in 2004&#8211;05. He is the author of <i>The Gestapo and German Society: Enforcing Racial Policy, 1933</i>&#8211;<i>1945</i> and <i>Backing Hitler: Consent and Coercion in Nazi Germany</i>. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.</p>
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