The truth is that there they have an Country Email List institutional structure and similar responses, analogous ways of dealing with it and avoiding it in order to develop. You wrote a book about Stalinism's pinnacle of power. I am referring to Country Email List The Stalin Team , which you yourself defined as " a kind of ethnography of the Politburo " . Why did you decide, after working everyday life, to develop a study on the structure of power in Country Email List Stalinism? Again there are a number of reasons, but perhaps.
I could just mention the main Country Email List one: I like to do things I haven't done before and I don't like to be pigeonholed. I had already gone from being a cultural historian – or, rather, a historian of cultural institutions – to working in the field of Country Email List social history. I mean, I hadn't stayed in one field. But on this specific question, I had always known something about the Politburo in the 1920s because, for decades, I had cultivated a close Country Email List friendship with Igor Sats, Lunacharsky's secretary. Sats had met Trotsky, Stalin, Bukharin and used to talk to me about them.
So I had an image of those Country Email List characters and their personal interactions that was not captured in the literature at the time. In particular, she used to talk about it with political scientist Jerry Hough, to whom she was then married. Jerry Country Email List always said to me, "You should write this because it gives a picture of Soviet politics that we just don't have." But I didn't do it because I wanted to do social history. Long after Jerry and I got divorced—very amicably—I thought, "Why not do it?"ussr , you could do some really interesting Country Email List political history work." And I thought that maybe this could add something to the way we see and think about Stalin himself.