Soviet Politics 1945-53

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Soviet Politics 1945-53

By Timothy Dunmore
St. Martin's, 1984
167 pp. $27.50
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Timothy Dunmore's study of Stalin's later years takes a revisionist approach not unlike that of Stephen Cohen (see above). He rejects the model of totalitarian dictatorship for that of factional politics in the Politburo and interest groups within the system, with Stalin having to maneuver and manipulate and sometimes retreat. The argument, in general, is well developed, but there are interpretations and conclusions, particularly as regards Stalin's foreign policy in Eastern Europe and toward the West, which seem to outrun the evidence as presented.