He is a great historian of Stalinism who has been celebrated by colleagues on the left and right.
And she completely unflappable, transitioning between discussions of sex toys and Stalinism with the ease of a true polymath.
The form of Marxism associated with Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. Stalinism emphasizes the repression of all dissent, often by brutal means; a rigid adherence to government management of economic life; and the domination of all communist movements worldwide by the Soviet Union. In holding to these beliefs, Stalin opposed Leon Trotsky. (See Trotskyism.)