Letters to Stalin. Practices of Selection and Reaction
The article is devoted to an examination of selection procedure for common citizens’ letters to Stalin, and the practices of reacting to these letters.
This sientific biography, based on the vast archives of the Soviet era, offers portrait of Stalin the man and dictator. Without mythologizing Stalin as either benevolent or an evil genius, author resolves numerous controversies about specific events in the dictator’s life while assembling many hundreds of previously unknown letters, memos, reports, and diaries into a comprehensive, compelling narrative of a life that altered the course of world history.
Peculiarities of epistolary genre, its evolution. The place of this genre among other types of text representation and communication. The role of letters in the history of sociological thought. Marx and Durkheim as the authors of letters.