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Ill Literacy, Episode XXXIII: Stalin’s War (Guest: Sean McMeekin)

June 1, 2021

In Episode XXXIII of Ill Literacy, Tim Benson talks with Sean McMeekin, author of “Stalin's War: A New History of World War II.”

Heartland’s Tim Benson is joined by Sean McMeekin, professor of history at Bard College, to discuss his new book, Stalin's War: A New History of World War II. They discuss Soviet foreign policy in the 1930’s, how the USSR advanced the war making capabilities of Nazi Germany prior to Operation Barbarossa, and how Stalin got away with invading and occupying seven different countries in the shadow of Hitler’s stunning military triumphs in 1939 and 1940. They also chat about Stalin’s role in influencing the course of events in Asia during the war as well.

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Show Notes:

The Critic: Jeremy Black – “The wrong war?”

Financial Times: Margaret Macmillan – “Stalin’s War by Sean McMeekin — alternative perspectives”

The Guardian: Serhii Plokhy – “Stalin's War by Sean McMeekin review – a revisionist take on the second world war”

Literary Review: Richard Overy – “Wicked Uncle Joe”

The Spectator: Nigel Jones – “Stalin as puppet master: how Uncle Joe manipulated the West”

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Tim Benson joined The Heartland Institute in September 2015 as a policy analyst in the Government Relations Department. @HeartlandGR