By Stephen Kotkin
During this marvelous new biography of Stalin, Kotkin rejects the inherited knowledge approximately Stalin's mental make-up, displaying us as an alternative how Stalin's close to paranoia was once essentially political, and heavily tracks the Bolshevik revolution's structural paranoia, the hindrance of a Communist regime in an overwhelmingly capitalist global, surrounded and penetrated by way of enemies. even as, Kotkin demonstrates the impossibility of knowing Stalin's momentous judgements outdoor of the context of the tragic background of imperial Russia. Read more...
summary: during this exceptional new biography of Stalin, Kotkin rejects the inherited knowledge approximately Stalin's mental make-up, exhibiting us as a substitute how Stalin's close to paranoia used to be essentially political, and heavily tracks the Bolshevik revolution's structural paranoia, the drawback of a Communist regime in an overwhelmingly capitalist international, surrounded and penetrated through enemies. while, Kotkin demonstrates the impossibility of realizing Stalin's momentous judgements outdoor of the context of the tragic historical past of imperial Russia
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At the same time, Beso seems to have been something of a brooder. Few firsthand descriptions of him survive. One recalled him as “a thin man, taller than average. He had a long face and a long nose and neck. ” Later, various other men would be put forward as Stalin’s “real” father. 32 Whatever Beso’s role as a father, and the original promise of his union with Keke, the marriage disintegrated. 33 This may be true, although after that early tragedy, and particularly after the birth of Soso, Beso’s workshop seems to have operated for a time.
Soso survived the fevers. But his face was permanently scarred, and he got tagged with the moniker “Poxy” (Chopura). Probably around this time (1884), age six, Soso’s left elbow and shoulder began to develop abnormally, reducing the use of his left arm. 39 Still, his withering limb may have had a genetic cause. Be that as it may, the elbow worsened over time. Keke, though, proved ever resourceful. To support the two of them, she cleaned and repaired other people’s clothes and took care of their living quarters, including for the Egnatashvilis, where Soso often ate dinner.
Few firsthand descriptions of him survive. One recalled him as “a thin man, taller than average. He had a long face and a long nose and neck. ” Later, various other men would be put forward as Stalin’s “real” father. 32 Whatever Beso’s role as a father, and the original promise of his union with Keke, the marriage disintegrated. 33 This may be true, although after that early tragedy, and particularly after the birth of Soso, Beso’s workshop seems to have operated for a time. 34 That said, Keke, still young and pretty, may have been a cause of the trouble by flirting with married men: Yakov Egnatashvili, the Gori pub owner and wrestling champion; Damian Davrishevi, the Gori police officer; Kristopore Charkviani, the Gori priest—all of whom would be rumored as the future Stalin’s real father.