Stalinist Terror in Eastern Europe: Elite purges and mass repression

Stalinist Terror in Eastern Europe: Elite purges and mass repression

by Kevin McDermott, Matthew Stibbe
     
 

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This wide-ranging collection of essays is the first book in English to examine the impact of Stalinist terror on Eastern Europe in the years 1940 to 1956.

Covering the Baltic states, Moldavia, East Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Albania, the authors investigate terror both 'from above', in the form of elite purges and

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This wide-ranging collection of essays is the first book in English to examine the impact of Stalinist terror on Eastern Europe in the years 1940 to 1956.

Covering the Baltic states, Moldavia, East Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria and Albania, the authors investigate terror both 'from above', in the form of elite purges and show trials, and 'from below' in the guise of large-scale arrests and deportations of ordinary people. Key questions addressed include the relative importance of Soviet influence versus 'local' factors; the persecution of particular groups, such as 'kulaks', church leaders, the middle-class intelligentsia and members of non-communist left-wing parties; cases where repression was more, or conversely less, intense than elsewhere; and the relevance of key events such as the Tito-Stalin split of 1948, the Rajk trial of 1949 and the Slánský trial of 1952.

This book highlights areas of considerable diversity, making this volume an excellent starting point for all scholars and students interested in the wider history of political trials, forced labour and state-sponsored violence in the twentieth century's 'age of extremes'.

Editorial Reviews

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"The collected volume is a timely publication that fills in a significant gap in the English-language historiography of the establishment of Stalinist regimes in Central and Eastern Europe after World War Two. It may come as a surprise that this book is actually the first serious scholarly attempt to address the topic of Stalinist repressions from a comparative perspective, bringing together the findings of historians from the respective countries since the archival revolutions of the early 1990s." -- (Balázs Apor: Slavonic and East European Review,vol. 92, no. 1, January 2014)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780719089022
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
10/30/2012
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Kevin McDermott is Senior Lecturer in Political History at Sheffield Hallam University

Matthew Stibbe is Professor of Modern European History at Sheffield Hallam University

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