The Road to Terror: Stalin and the Self-Destruction of the Bolsheviks, 1932-1939

The Road to Terror: Stalin and the Self-Destruction of the Bolsheviks, 1932-1939

by J. Arch Getty, Oleg V. Naumov
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300104073

ISBN-13: 9780300104073

Pub. Date: 02/02/2010

Publisher: Yale University Press

Now updated with new facts, and abridged for use in Soviet history courses, this gripping book assembles top secret Soviet documents, translated into English, from the era of Stalin’s purges. The dossiers, police reports, private letters, secret transcripts, and other documents expose the hidden inner workings of the Communist Party and the dark inhumanity of

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Now updated with new facts, and abridged for use in Soviet history courses, this gripping book assembles top secret Soviet documents, translated into English, from the era of Stalin’s purges. The dossiers, police reports, private letters, secret transcripts, and other documents expose the hidden inner workings of the Communist Party and the dark inhumanity of the purge process.

“[This] book will be of great value to students of the Terror and . . . the material, such as Bukharin’s last letter, is astounding.”—Michael J. Ybarra, Wall Street Journal

“It will be indispensable for all historians and researchers of communism, the USSR, and Stalinism for many decades to come.”—Roy A. Medvedev, author of Let History Judge

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300104073
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/02/2010
Series:
Annals of Communism Series
Edition description:
Updated and Abridged Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,112,295
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

Notes on Transliteration and Terminology xiii

A Note on Sources and Citations xv

Introduction 1

Part I The Fork in the Road

1 The New Situation, 1930-32 21

2 Party Discipline in 1932 45

3 Repression and Legality 55

4 Growing Tension in 1935 71

5 The Fork in the Road 95

Part II The Terror

6 The Face of the Enemy, 1936 109

7 The Sky Darkens 143

8 The Storm of 1937: The Party Commits Suicide 165

9 Ending the Terror, 1938 196

10 Two Bolsheviks 217

Conclusion: Quicksand Politics 231

Appendixes

1 Numbers of Victims of the Terror 241

2 Biographical Notes 246

Notes 253

Index 279

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