Stalin came to power because he could manipulate people and votes, and his position in the Secretariat enabled him to do this. Leave your condolences to the family on this memorial page or send flowers to show you care. It is also true that the History’s view of socialist construction is mainly an administrative one, though one which is carefully informed by a detailed grasp of socioeconomic determinations. As to Messrs Barber and Haslam’s other points, I think they have misunderstood me. He has caused distress to the family. Department of International Politics, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. Edward Carr Is Dead; Key British Historian. That Stavropol was a rare case, a glance at Dubrovsky’s old book, Stolypinskaya Zemelnaya Reforma, could have told him. Or you can argue that mistakes on that industrial or urban side – failure, for instance, to encourage consumer goods – meant that agriculture was given little chance. 244 F & A M, and Scottish Rite. letters@lrb.co.uk Mr. Carr married Anne Howe in 1925 and they had one son. I do not know that Carr ever quite made up his mind what he was arguing. He died in an old people’s home, the matron of which he would ask, piteously, to hold his hand. Carr brought many gifts to the study of Russia. SIR: I met E.H. Carr (who was 40 years my senior) fairly frequently between the mid-Fifties and the mid-Seventies. It was from this moment that he dated his interest in Russia. SIR: Whatever may be said of E.H. Carr as a historian of Soviet Russia (and on this subject I leave it to the specialists to judge), I wish it to go on record that in this department, which he headed from 1936 to 1947, and no less, I believe, in the field of International Relations studies generally, his is an honoured name. The unjust claim that Carr was mesmerised by the ‘power of Stalin’ and so resolved to write the history of ‘this colossus’. Does it stand up? He was a wrecker of personal relationships (it is said). When Stalin began to win battles, Carr changed his tune. In early Cold War days, for instance, Carr lectured in Vienna, going out of his way to stay for the purpose with Peter Smollett, well-known as a Soviet apologist. It may perhaps be edited by Carr’s friend, Tamara Deutscher, with whom he frequently collaborated. Pp. In the short run, it is necessary to protest. In this period, he seems to have lost his immediate concern with Russia: instead, he became primarily interested in Germany, and in his book, The Twenty Years’ Crisis (1939, once more published with a different title), he argued the case for an accommodation with Hitler. But, in any case, a blow-by-blow refutation of Stone’s finely calculated invective would be somewhat beside the point. For the moment, however, we find two things particularly important. He argues that there are ‘three ways of looking at’ the breakdown of NEP. It was not the last act of cruelty which Carr was to perform. Stone implies that Carr did not know that Ukrainian agriculture differed on the East and West banks of the Dniepr. The fact that she was not poor when she died could easily have been verified. We spent many months going through every chapter and every sentence together, and in this exacting revision Carr’s ability to distinguish what was important in the clutter of detail was of enormous value. Obituary. Obituary. He was born January 27, 1981 in Grand Rapids, the son of Chandler M. Carr and Linda K. (McCord) Carr. He defeated the ‘Right deviation’ in 1929 by well over three hundred votes to 13 in a joint meeting of the Central Committee and the Control Commission. The discussion of politics in the first volume of Socialism in One Country, p. 320 ff., is extraordinarily weak. He worked 47 years for UT Concessions and was retired from the Tennessee Department of Transportation. 6. But then, since the nature of history is for Stone such a ‘boring subject’, impatience with complexity should not really surprise us. He mapped the territory of Soviet history in the 1920s and delivered an agenda of questions which will be pursued for the rest of the 20th century. In 1955, Carr was rescued by his old college, Trinity, at Cambridge. Clearly what Stone says about Carr can also be said about him: ‘He never quite said what he meant.’ But he can hardly be surprised if disagreeable constructions are put on his hints and nudges. The Master of Balliol, the stern Calvinist Lindsay Keir, disliked everything about Carr – his affairs, his politics, his past, his present, even his dress (he used to pad about the college in sand-shoes). He grumbles that Carr’s style is ‘frequently clogged and pompous’. 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