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

Yale University Press, 1999 - 635 sivua
The vast and complex tragedy of Stalin’s purges, culminating in the Great Terror, made victims of millions of Russians between 1932 and 1939. This gripping book assembles and translates into English for the first time an astonishing array of formerly top secret Soviet documents from that period. Exposing to daylight the hidden inner workings of the Communist Party and the dark inhumanity of the purge process, these documents immeasurably deepen our understanding of an agonizing episode of Soviet history.From dossiers on the liquidated Soviet elite to police reports of peasant unrest to private letters from victims and purgers to secret transcripts of Central Committee meetings, the nearly two hundred documents presented here confirm Stalin’s role as executor of the terror. Yet the top party elite, or nomenklatura, were also key to the unfolding of a terror that proceeded with fits and starts, moves and countermoves, and steps toward and away from the abyss. From 1932 to early 1937 Stalin and the nomenklatura agreed on the need to destroy all dissidents, to stage show trials, to carry out mass arrests, purges, and shootings, and to prevent any resistance to these “cleansings.” Eventually deep insecurities that magnified any opposition and iron discipline within the party led the nomenklatura to support Stalin in purging their own colleagues, and in 1937 and 1938 they serially voted one another into prison.

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Very interesting and believable read about the high level purges of the 1930s in the USSR. Spoiler-Stalin is not the omnipotent/omniscent one. I found this an absolutely engrossing book-even with its academic pedigree. Highly recommend if 20th century Russian history is your thing. Lue koko arvostelu

THE ROAD TO TERROR: Stalin and the Self-Destruction of the Bolsheviks, 1932-1939

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A further batch of remarkable documents from the archives of the Soviet Central Committee, including secret transcripts of their meetings, police reports, and even the last letters of Bukharin and ... Lue koko arvostelu


PART I Closing Ranks
Illustrations follow page 244
PART II The Terror

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J. Arch Getty is professor of history, UCLA. He is a foremost expert of the Stalin period and the history of the Soviet Communist Party. He lives in Los Angeles. Oleg V. Naumov is deputy director of the Moscow archive of the former Soviet Communist Party, RGASPI. Getty and Naumov are coauthors of "The Road to Terror: Stalin and the Self-Destruction of the Bolsheviks, 1932-1939," published by Yale University Press.

Naumov is deputy of the Moscow archive.

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