Master of the House: Stalin and His Inner Circle

Master of the House: Stalin and His Inner Circle

by Oleg V. Khlevniuk
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300110669

ISBN-13: 9780300110661

Pub. Date: 12/30/2008

Publisher: Yale University Press

Based on meticulous research in previously  unavailable documents in the Soviet archives, this compelling book illuminates the secret inner mechanisms of power in the Soviet Union during the years when Stalin established his notorious dictatorship. Oleg V. Khlevniuk focuses on the top organ in Soviet Russia’s political hierarchy of the 1930s—the

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Based on meticulous research in previously  unavailable documents in the Soviet archives, this compelling book illuminates the secret inner mechanisms of power in the Soviet Union during the years when Stalin established his notorious dictatorship. Oleg V. Khlevniuk focuses on the top organ in Soviet Russia’s political hierarchy of the 1930s—the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party—and on the political and interpersonal dynamics that weakened its collective leadership and enabled Stalin’s rise.

Khlevniuk’s unparalleled research challenges existing theories of the workings of the Politburo and uncovers many new findings regarding the nature of alliances among Politburo members, Sergei Kirov’s murder, the implementation of the Great Terror, and much more. The author analyzes Stalin’s mechanisms of generating and retaining power and presents a new understanding, unmatched in texture and depth, of the highest tiers of the Communist Party in a crucial era of Soviet history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300110661
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
12/30/2008
Series:
The Yale-Hoover Series on Stalin, Stalinism, and the Cold War
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
1,342,242
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents


1 The Stalinization of the Politburo, 1928-1930 1
2 Power in Crisis, 1931-1933 39
3 A Facade of Liberalization, 1934 85
4 Terror and Conciliation, 1935-1936 127
5 Stalin and the Great Terror, 1937-1938 166
6 On the Eve of War: The New Structure of Stalin's Government 203 Conclusion: Master of the House 246 Appendix 1 Politburo Membership 263 Appendix 2 Visits to Stalin's Office by Politburo Members and Central Committee Secretaries 266 Notes 273 Index 303

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