Politics, Murder, and Love in Stalin's Kremlin: The Story of Nikolai Bukharin and Anna Larina

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Overview

Drawing from Hoover Institution archival documents, Paul Gregory sheds light on how the world's first socialist state went terribly wrong and why it was likely to veer off course through the tragic story of Stalin's most prominent victims: Pravda editor Nikolai Bukharin and his wife, Anna Larina.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817910341
  • Publisher: Hoover Institution Press
  • Publication date: 4/19/2010
  • Series: HOOVER INST PRESS PUBLICATION
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul R. Gregory, a Hoover Institution research fellow, holds an endowed professorship in the Department of Economics at the University of Houston, Texas, and is a research professor at the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin. The holder of a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University, he is the author or coauthor of twelve books and many articles on economic history, the Soviet economy, transition economies, comparative economics, and economic demography including Lenin’s Brain and Other Tales from the Secret Soviet Archives (Hoover Institution Press, 2008), The Political Economy of Stalinism (2004), Before Command: The Russian Economy from Emancipation to Stalin (1994), Restructuring the Soviet Economic Bureaucracy (1990, reissued 2006), and Russian National Income, 1885–1913 (1982, reissued 2005). He has edited Behind the Façade of Stalin's Command Economy (2001) and The Economics of Forced Labor: The Soviet Gulag (2003), both published by Hoover Institution Press and summarizing his research group's work on the Soviet state and party archives. His publications based on work in the Hoover Institution Archives have been awarded the Hewett Book Prize and the J.M. Montias Prize for the best article in the Journal of Comparative Economics. The research of his Hoover Soviet Archives Research Project team is summarized in part in "Allocation under Dictatorship: Research in Stalin's Archive" (coauthored with Hoover fellow Mark Harrison), published in the Journal of Economic Literature.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Robert Conquest ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

1 April 15, 1937: A Plea from Prison 1

2 March 15, 1938: A Husband Executed 6

3 September 8, 1927: Digging His Own Grave 9

4 1926: Stalin Plays an Unlikely Cupid 14

5 Summer with Stalin (1927) 16

6 June 1928: "You and I Are the Himalayas" 19

7 July 4-12, 1928: Bukharin Fights Back 22

8 Autumn 1928: Pity Not Me 28

9 Autumn 1928: A Fifteen-Year-Old "Co-conspirator" 30

10 January 23, 1929: "To a New Catastrophe with Closed Eyes" 33

11 Early Warnings: Stalin Is Dangerous 37

12 Father and Daughter as Bolshevik Idealists 40

13 January 30, 1929: "You Can Test the Nerves of an Elephant, Bukhashka" 44

14 Summer of 1934: A Second Fateful Meeting 47

15 April 16-23, 1929: Waterloo 49

16 1929-1931: The Woman on the Train 58

17 August 1929: Removal from the Politburo 61

18 New Year's Eve, 1929: Chastened Schoolboys Drop In on the Boss 65

19 April 16, 1930: Bukharin Sinks to His Knees 66

20 July 1930: With Anna in the Crimea 67

21 October 14, 1930: Overtaken by "Insanities" 70

22 January 27, 1934: Courtship, Bad Omens, and Marriage 72

23 December 1, 1934: Kirov Is Shot 75

24 August 23, 1936: Nadezhda Tries to Help 77

25 April 25, 1935: Humiliating Editor Bukharin 80

26 March-April 1936: Bukharin Opts to Stay and Fight 83

27 August 27, 1936: What Accusers? They're Dead 86

28 November 16, 1936: Bukharin Grovels 90

29 December 4, 1936: Dress Rehearsal for Arrest 92

30 December 1936-January 1937: Confrontations 99

31 February 15, 1937: "I Will Begin a Hunger Strike" 103

32 February 24, 1937: To a Future Generation 109

33 February 24-25, 1937: On the Whipping Post 110

34 February 27, 1937: For or Against the Death Penalty? 116

35 February 27, 1937: Arrest Warrant for "Bukharin, N. I." 119

36 February 27, 1937: Arrest and Parting 121

37 February 1937: Anna Larina Is Betrayed 123

38 April 1937: Impossible Dream 125

39 June 2, 1937: Bukharin's Cagey Confession 126

40 June 1937: Anna Meets a New Widow 130

41 March 2-13, 1938: Twenty-one on Trial 133

42 March 12, 1938: Papering over Bukharin's Final Defiance 138

43 March 15, 1938: The Ultimate Payback: A Ghastly Death 142

44 May 1938: Anna's Own Ordeal 144

45 December 1938: Back from the Precipice 146

46 Late December 1938: Advice from a Mass Murderer 148

47 Summer of 1956: Reunion with Iura 150

48 February 5, 1988: Rehabilitated by Old Men 153

49 A Special (Specially Tardy) Delivery 158

50 Bukharin, Stalin, and the Bolshevik Revolution 160

Notes 167

Cast of Characters 179

About the Author 185

Index 187

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