Terror and Democracy in the Age of Stalin: The Social Dynamics of Repression

Terror and Democracy in the Age of Stalin: The Social Dynamics of Repression

by Wendy Z. Goldman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521685095

ISBN-13: 9780521685092

Pub. Date: 09/30/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Terror and Democracy in Stalin's Russia is the first book devoted exclusively to popular participation in the “Great Terror,” a period in which millions of people were arrested, interrogated, shot, and sent to labor camps. In the unions and the factories, repression was accompanied by a mass campaign for democracy. Party leaders urged workers to

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Terror and Democracy in Stalin's Russia is the first book devoted exclusively to popular participation in the “Great Terror,” a period in which millions of people were arrested, interrogated, shot, and sent to labor camps. In the unions and the factories, repression was accompanied by a mass campaign for democracy. Party leaders urged workers to criticize and remove corrupt and negligent officials. Workers, shop foremen, local Party members, and union leaders adopted the slogans of repression and used them, often against each other, to redress long-standing grievances. Using new, formerly secret archival sources, Terror and Democracy in Stalin's Russia shows how ordinary people moved in clear stages toward madness and self-destruction. Wendy Z. Goldman is a professor of history at Carnegie Mellon University. She is author of Women, the State and Revolution: Soviet Family Policy and Social Life, 1917-1936 (Cambridge, 1993), winner of the Berkshire Conference Book Award, as well as Women at the Gates: Gender and Industry in Stalin's Russia (Cambridge, 2002).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521685092
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

1. The social crisis of industrialization; 2. From murder to mass conspiracy; 3. Mobilizing mass support for repression; 4. The campaign for Union democracy; 5. Victims and perpetrators: the organizational dynamics of terror; 6. Rituals of repression in the factories.

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