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The Resource The year I was Peter the Great : 1956 - Khrushchev, Stalin's ghost, and a young American in Russia, Marvin Kalb

The year I was Peter the Great : 1956 - Khrushchev, Stalin's ghost, and a young American in Russia, Marvin Kalb

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The year I was Peter the Great : 1956 - Khrushchev, Stalin's ghost, and a young American in Russia
Title
The year I was Peter the Great
Title remainder
1956 - Khrushchev, Stalin's ghost, and a young American in Russia
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Marvin Kalb
Title variation
  • 1956 - Khrushchev, Stalin's ghost, and a young American in Russia
  • Khrushchev, Stalin's ghost, and a young American in Russia
Title variation remainder
1956 - Khrushchev, Stalins ghost, and a young American in Russia
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eng
Summary
The year 1956 was an extraordinary year in modern Russian history. It was called "the year of the thaw"--a time when Stalin's dark legacy of dictatorship died in February only to be reborn later that December. This historic arc from rising hope to crushing despair opened with a speech by Nikita Khrushchev, then the unpredictable leader of the Soviet Union. He astounded everyone by denouncing the one figure who, up to that time, had been hailed as a "genius," a wizard of communism--Josef Stalin himself. Now, suddenly, this once unassailable god was being portrayed as a "madman" whose idiosyncratic rule had seriously undermined communism and endangered the Soviet state. This amazing switch from hero to villain lifted a heavy overcoat of fear from the backs of ordinary Russians. It also quickly led to anti-communist uprisings in Eastern Europe, none more bloody and challenging than the one in Hungary, which Soviet troops crushed at year's end. Marvin Kalb, then a young diplomatic attach́e at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, observed this tumultuous year that foretold the end of Soviet communism three decades later. Fluent in Russian, a doctoral candidate at Harvard, he went where few other foreigners would dare go, listening to Russian students secretly attack communism and threaten rebellion against the Soviet system, traveling from one end of a changing country to the other and, thanks to his diplomatic position, meeting and talking with Khrushchev, who playfully nicknamed him Peter the Great. In this, his fifteenth book, Kalb writes a fascinating eyewitness account of a superpower in upheaval and of a people yearning for an end to dictatorship
Summary
The author describes his time traveling through Russia as an attachâe to the American Embassy in Moscow in 1956, discussing the criticism of Joseph Stalin by Khruschev and the temporary thaw and hopes for the future that occurred before Soviet troops invaded Hungary later that year
Biography type
contains biographical information
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10600347
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YDX
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Kalb, Marvin L
Dewey number
070.92
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DK275.K35
LC item number
A3 2017
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Kalb, Marvin L
  • Kalb, Marvin L.
  • Khrushchev, Nikita Sergeevich
  • Stalin, Joseph
  • Kalb, Marvin L
  • Khrushchev, Nikita Sergeevich
  • Stalin, Joseph
  • Revolution (Hungary : 1956)
  • Foreign correspondents
  • Television journalists
  • Political rehabilitation
  • Diplomatic relations
  • Foreign correspondents
  • Political rehabilitation
  • Politics and government
  • Television journalists
  • Travel
  • Soviet Union
  • Soviet Union
  • Soviet Union
  • Hungary
  • Hungary
  • Soviet Union
  • United States
Target audience
adult
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1956 - Khrushchev, Stalin's ghost, and a young American in Russia
Label
The year I was Peter the Great : 1956 - Khrushchev, Stalin's ghost, and a young American in Russia, Marvin Kalb
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Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Map on lining papers
  • Includes index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Roots -- War, college, and basketball -- Teddy, Joyce, and journalism -- From Cambridge to Moscow -- Govorit Moskva : "Moscow calling" -- De-Stalinization=Destabilization -- The thaw -- From Zhukov to Poznan -- Into the heartland -- A summertime break in Central Asia -- Where Stalin is still worshipped -- Back to a familiar chill -- "Dark, frightening, and tragic days" -- Uvarov, Sasha, and Stalin's ghost -- At the end of the arc -- Postscript : Five months later
Control code
1889489
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 290 pages
Isbn
9780815731610
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780815731610
  • (OCoLC)973798759
Label
The year I was Peter the Great : 1956 - Khrushchev, Stalin's ghost, and a young American in Russia, Marvin Kalb
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Map on lining papers
  • Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Roots -- War, college, and basketball -- Teddy, Joyce, and journalism -- From Cambridge to Moscow -- Govorit Moskva : "Moscow calling" -- De-Stalinization=Destabilization -- The thaw -- From Zhukov to Poznan -- Into the heartland -- A summertime break in Central Asia -- Where Stalin is still worshipped -- Back to a familiar chill -- "Dark, frightening, and tragic days" -- Uvarov, Sasha, and Stalin's ghost -- At the end of the arc -- Postscript : Five months later
Control code
1889489
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 290 pages
Isbn
9780815731610
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780815731610
  • (OCoLC)973798759

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