What are the best current references on Stalin?  I am editing and rewrting a curriculum document on Stalin's role in Russian history. I am using Montefiore's new book and also Stephen Cohen's book on Bukharin which is out of date but good on Bolshevik theory.

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I always find good annotated bibliographies helpful in a situation like this.  As it happens, there is a recent and very lengthy annotated bibliography of English-language articles on Stalin.  It was published in 2007 by Scarecrow Press (a good academic publisher) and was prepared by David R. Egan and Melinda...

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I always find good annotated bibliographies helpful in a situation like this.  As it happens, there is a recent and very lengthy annotated bibliography of English-language articles on Stalin.  It was published in 2007 by Scarecrow Press (a good academic publisher) and was prepared by David R. Egan and Melinda A. Egan.  Although it does not deal with books, you might get a sense, by consulting this bibliography, of which scholars have published most extensively on Stalin and then look for the books they are very likely to have written.  Most academic books grow out of prior academic articles, and so the bibliography by the Egans may be very helpful to you.  If someone has published many peer-reviewed articles on Stalin, chances are that that person is widely respected by other Stalin scholars.  Good luck with your project!

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I guess it depends on what current would be, but I still find one of the best references on Russian history in general and Stalin in particular is The Russians by Hedrick Smith.  He offers a very clear explanation of how Stalin came to power, his purges and consolidation of power, the five year plans, the forced collectivization, and his role in developing the Soviet State as we knew it from the 1940s on.

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You mentioned Montefiore's Book, I assume you mean In the Court of the Red Tsar.You might also consider Alan Bullock's Hitler and Stalin, Parallel Lives,which has an excellent discussion of Stalin's rise to power, the collectivization movement, and the Great Purges. The link below contains a rather extensive bibliography that should be of help to you. Among it's more recent works are:

Robert Service: Stalin, A Biography.

Sarah Davies and James Harris: Stalin, A New History.

Stalin's Daughter, Swetlana Alliluyeva, has a number of books and articles extant that can give you some insight into Stalin's personal life. Any curriculum document on Stalin's life should include her work as a primary source.

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