[Marxism] The Dictator, the Revolution, the Machine. A Political Account of Joseph Stalin Tony McKenna. A Review.

andrew coates pabs47 at hotmail.com
Fri Nov 18 06:03:59 MST 2016


The Dictator, the Revolution, the Machine. A Political Account of Joseph Stalin Tony McKenna. A Review.

The Dictator, the Revolution, the Machine. A Political Account of Joseph Stalin Tony McKenna. Sussex Academic Press.

"I recently read an interview featuring a cultural commentator of the left. Alongside the interview a photo appeared of this individual against a backdrop which featured an image of Joseph Stalin." In the Preface to The Dictator the Revolution, the Machine, Tony McKenna observes in this, not uncommon, gesture, a "certain wry sympathy for Stalin's political endeavours." The Chair of no less than the Stop the War Coalition, Andrew Murray<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Murray_(campaigner_and_journalist)#cite_note-6>, has expressed such empathy on many occasions. For these people Stalin's title of Generalissimo and Hero of the Soviet Union, awarded in June 1945, was due recognition for a leader prepared to "get his hands dirty" in defence of the USSR. This judgement, McKenna states, with appropriate severity, "does a great disservice to the millions Stalin had murdered" (Page xi).

This is a study that attempts to explain the "objective trajectory of Stalinism" in Marxist terms, and the course of a life that is full of "terrible darkness"



Andrew Coates



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