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Writing about Young Stalin for 30 Years: Why Bother?
Professor Ron Suny began writing a biography of Stalin from his birth until the October Revolution, 1917, more than thirty years ago. Among the questions he sought to answer were: what makes a revolutionary? Why did Soso Jughashvili turn from Georgian Orthodoxy and romantic nationalism to Marxism and the life of an underground outlaw? In what ways was this first half of Stalin's life formative, and are there explanations here for what he became in the 1930, a despot and the gravedigger of the revolution?

Mar 3, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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