Sheila Fitzpatrick: ‘Practising Stalinism’, 20 March 2014
Show More Practising Stalinism: Bolsheviks, Boyars and the Persistence of Tradition by J. Arch Getty.
Yale, 359 pp., £30, September 2013, 978 0 300 16929 4Show More
“... to wonder if those archival folders were, in a sense, tricking me. Was the modern state, as in Pierre Bourdieu’s suspicion, creating itself through my reading of it?’ Perhaps that state, with all its modern bureaucratic rationality, existed only on paper, masking a reality rooted in personal relationships and informal practices. ...”