The Stalin-Kaganovich Correspondence, 1931-36

The Stalin-Kaganovich Correspondence, 1931-36

by R. W. Davies, L. M. Kaganovich
     
 

"From 1931 to 1936, Stalin vacationed at his Black Sea residence for two to three months each year. While away from Moscow, he relied on correspondence with his subordinates to receive information, watch over the work of the Politburo and the government, give orders, and express his opinions. This book publishes for the first time translations of 177 handwritten… See more details below

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"From 1931 to 1936, Stalin vacationed at his Black Sea residence for two to three months each year. While away from Moscow, he relied on correspondence with his subordinates to receive information, watch over the work of the Politburo and the government, give orders, and express his opinions. This book publishes for the first time translations of 177 handwritten letters and coded telegrams exchanged during this period between Stalin and his most highly trusted deputy, Lazar Kaganovich." This unique and revealing collection of letters - all previously classified top secret - provides a dramatic account of the mainsprings of Soviet policy while Stalin was consolidating his position as personal dictator. The correspondence records his positions on major internal and foreign-affairs decisions and reveals his opinions about fellow members of the Politburo and other senior figures. Written during the years of agricultural collectivization, forced industrialization, famine, repression, and Soviet rearmament in the face of threats from Germany and Japan, these letters constitute and unsurpassed historical resource for all students of the Stalin regime and Soviet history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300093674
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/10/2003
Series:
Annals of Communism Series
Pages:
478
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface....................ix
Acknowledgments....................xvi
A Note on Soviet Administrative Structure....................xvii
Introduction....................1
Lazar Kaganovich: The Career of a Stalinist Commissar....................21
1931 Introduction....................37
Documents 1-23....................49
1932 Introduction....................104
Documents 24-59....................114
1933 Introduction....................186
Documents 60-85....................195
1934 Introduction....................236
Documents 86-111....................245
1935 Introduction....................289
Documents 112-125....................296
1936 Introduction....................315
Documents 126-177....................322
Appendix....................373
Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations....................387
Brief Biographies....................391
Index....................417

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