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Terror by Quota: State Security from Lenin to Stalin (An Archival Study)
     

Terror by Quota: State Security from Lenin to Stalin (An Archival Study)

by Paul R. Gregory
 

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ISBN-10: 0300134258

ISBN-13: 9780300134254

Pub. Date: 01/06/2009

Publisher: Yale University Press

This original analysis of the workings of Soviet state security organs under Lenin and Stalin addresses a series of questions that have long resisted satisfactory answers. Why did political repression affect so many people, most of them ordinary citizens? Why did repression come in waves or cycles? Why were economic and petty crimes regarded as political crimes?

Overview

This original analysis of the workings of Soviet state security organs under Lenin and Stalin addresses a series of questions that have long resisted satisfactory answers. Why did political repression affect so many people, most of them ordinary citizens? Why did repression come in waves or cycles? Why were economic and petty crimes regarded as political crimes? What was the reason for relying on extra-judicial tribunals? And what motivated the extreme harshness of punishments, including the widespread use of the death penalty?

Through an approach that synthesizes history and economics, Paul Gregory develops systematic explanations for the way terror was applied, how terror agents were recruited, how they carried out their jobs, and how they were motivated. The book draws on extensive, recently opened archives of the Gulag administration, the Politburo, and state security agencies themselves to illuminate in new ways terror and repression in the Soviet Union as well as dictatorships in other times and places.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300134254
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
01/06/2009
Series:
The Yale-Hoover Series on Stalin, Stalinism, and the Cold War
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments....................vii
Introduction: Dictators, Their Enemies, and Repression....................1
1. Stalin's Praetorians....................33
2. Ranks of the Chekist Elite....................60
3. Organizing State Security....................81
4. Political Enemies....................106
5. Deadly Kremlin Politics....................140
6. Planning Terror....................166
7. Simplified Methods....................202
8. The Repressors' Dilemma....................219
9. Conclusions....................251
Appendix 1: The Power-Maximizing Dictator....................281
Appendix 2: The Organization of State Security....................283
Appendix 3: List of Repressed Residents of the Workers' Village of Mogochino, Tomsk Oblast....................287
Appendix 4: Framing Enemies to Limit the Loss of Loyalty....................289
Appendix 5: A Selectorate Model of Soviet Succession Struggles....................291
Appendix 6: A Dictatorial Eliminations Model....................293
Appendix 7: Simplified Methods....................295
Notes....................299
Index....................335

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