Master of the House: Stalin and His Inner Circle

Master of the House: Stalin and His Inner Circle

ISBN-10:
0300110669
ISBN-13:
9780300110661
Pub. Date:
12/30/2008
Publisher:
Yale University Press
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Overview

Master of the House: Stalin and His Inner Circle

Based on meticulous research in previously unavailable documents in the Soviet archives, this compelling book illuminates the secret inner mechanisms of power in the Soviet Union during the years when Stalin established his notorious dictatorship. Oleg V. Khlevniuk focuses on the top organ in Soviet Russia’s political hierarchy of the 1930s—the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party—and on the political and interpersonal dynamics that weakened its collective leadership and enabled Stalin’s rise.

Khlevniuk’s unparalleled research challenges existing theories of the workings of the Politburo and uncovers many new findings regarding the nature of alliances among Politburo members, Sergei Kirov’s murder, the implementation of the Great Terror, and much more. The author analyzes Stalin’s mechanisms of generating and retaining power and presents a new understanding, unmatched in texture and depth, of the highest tiers of the Communist Party in a crucial era of Soviet history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300110661
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 12/30/2008
Series: The Yale-Hoover Series on Stalin, Stalinism, and the Cold War
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments....................vii
Introduction....................xiii
List of Abbreviations....................xxvii
1. The Stalinization of the Politburo, 1928-1930....................1
2. Power in Crisis, 1931-1933....................39
3. A Facade of Liberalization, 1934....................85
4. Terror and Conciliation, 1935-1936....................127
5. Stalin and the Great Terror, 1937-1938....................166
6. On the Eve of War: The New Structure of Stalin's Government....................203
Conclusion: Master of the House....................246
Appendix 1: Politburo Membership....................263
Appendix 2: Visits to Stalin's Office by Politburo Members and Central Committee Secretaries....................266
Notes....................273
Index....................303

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