Inventing the Enemy: Denunciation and Terror in Stalin's Russia

Inventing the Enemy: Denunciation and Terror in Stalin's Russia

by Wendy Z. Goldman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521145627

ISBN-13: 9780521145626

Pub. Date: 08/31/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Ordinary People and the Stalinist Terror uses stories of personal relationships to explore the behavior of ordinary people during Stalin's terror. Communist Party leaders targeted specific groups for arrest, but also strongly encouraged ordinary citizens and party members to “unmask the hidden enemy.” People responded by flooding the secret police and

Overview

Ordinary People and the Stalinist Terror uses stories of personal relationships to explore the behavior of ordinary people during Stalin's terror. Communist Party leaders targeted specific groups for arrest, but also strongly encouraged ordinary citizens and party members to “unmask the hidden enemy.” People responded by flooding the secret police and local authorities with accusations. By 1937, every work place was convulsed by hyper-vigilance, intense suspicion, and the hunt for hidden enemies. Spouses, coworkers, friends, and relatives disavowed and denounced each other. People confronted hideous dilemmas. Forced to lie to protect loved ones, they struggled to reconcile political imperatives and personal loyalties. Work places were turned into snake pits. The strategies that people used to protect themselves – naming names, preemptive denunciations, and shifting blame – all helped to spread the terror. Intimate Betrayal, a history of the terror in five Moscow factories, explores personal relationships and individual behavior within a pervasive political culture of “enemy hunting.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521145626
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/31/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The terror: a short political primer; 2. Comrades and coworkers; 3. Family secrets; 4. Love, loyalty, and betrayal; 5. The final paroxysm; Conclusion.

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