"Stalin's Master Narrative" by David Brandenberger

Stalin's Master Narrative A Critical Edition of the History of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Bolsheviks), Short Course David Brandenberger, Mikhail V. Zelenov

Annals of Communism Series
Publication date:
11 Apr 2019
Yale University Press
768 pages: 235 x 156mm
21 b-w illus.

The Short Course on the History of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Bolsheviks) defined Stalinist ideology both at home and abroad. Itwas quite literally the USSR’s master narrative—a hegemonic statement on history, politics, and Marxism-Leninism that scripted Soviet society for a generation. This study exposes the enormous role that Stalin played in the development of this all-important text, as well as the unparalleled influence that he wielded over the Soviet historical imagination.

David Brandenberger is professor of history at the University of Richmond. Mikhail Zelenov is professor of history and main specialist at the Russian State Archive of Social and Political History (RGASPI).