Stalin's Genocides

Stalin's Genocides

by Norman M. Naimark
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Stalin's Genocides

Between the early 1930s and his death in 1953, Joseph Stalin had more than a million of his own citizens executed. Millions more fell victim to forced labor, deportation, famine, bloody massacres, and detention and interrogation by Stalin's henchmen. Stalin's Genocides is the chilling story of these crimes. The book puts forward the important argument that brutal mass killings under Stalin in the 1930s were indeed acts of genocide and that the Soviet dictator himself was behind them.

Norman Naimark, one of our most respected authorities on the Soviet era, challenges the widely held notion that Stalin's crimes do not constitute genocide, which the United Nations defines as the premeditated killing of a group of people because of their race, religion, or inherent national qualities. In this gripping book, Naimark explains how Stalin became a pitiless mass killer. He looks at the most consequential and harrowing episodes of Stalin's systematic destruction of his own populace—the liquidation and repression of the so-called kulaks, the Ukrainian famine, the purge of nationalities, and the Great Terror—and examines them in light of other genocides in history. In addition, Naimark compares Stalin's crimes with those of the most notorious genocidal killer of them all, Adolf Hitler.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691152387
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 12/25/2011
Series: Human Rights and Crimes against Humanity Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 823,461
Product dimensions: 5.52(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1: The Genocide Issue 15

Chapter 2: The Making of a Genocidaire 30

Chapter 3: Dekulakization 51

Chapter 4: The Holodomor 70

Chapter 5: Removing Nations 80

Chapter 6: The Great Terror 99

Chapter 7: The Crimes of Stalin and Hitler 121

Conclusions 131

Notes 139

Index 155

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Stalin's Genocides 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a book I would recommend. I found it to be rather boring. Not what I expected from it. Basically it deals with the question of genocide and whether Stalin's killings were actually genocide or something else? Does it really matter? Perhaps to someone studying this type of thing. To the average person it probably doesn't mean a whole lot.
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