Policing Stalin's Socialism: Repression and Social Order in the Soviet Union, 1924-1953

September 29, 2009|
Policing Stalin's Socialism: Repression and Social Order in the Soviet Union, 1924-1953 by David R. Shearer
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Policing Stalin''s Socialism is one of the first books to emphasize the importance of social order repression by Stalin''s Soviet regime in contrast to the traditional emphasis of historians on political repression. Based on extensive examination of new archival materials, David Shearer finds that most repression during the Stalinist dictatorship of the 1930s was against marginal social groups such as petty criminals, deviant youth, sectarians, and the unemployed and unproductive.

 

It was because Soviet leaders regarded social disorder as more of a danger to the state than political opposition that they instituted a new form of class war to defend themselves against this perceived threat. Despite the combined work of the political and civil police the efforts to cleanse society failed; this failure set the stage for the massive purges that decimated the country in the late 1930s.

David Shearer is Associate Professor of History at the University of Delaware.
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Title:Policing Stalin's Socialism: Repression and Social Order in the Soviet Union, 1924-1953
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:536 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 1.06 in
Shipping dimensions:536 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 1.06 in
Published:September 29, 2009
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300149258

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