Soviet Criminal Justice Under Stalin by Peter H. Solomon, JrSoviet Criminal Justice Under Stalin by Peter H. Solomon, Jr

Soviet Criminal Justice Under Stalin

byPeter H. Solomon, Jr

Paperback | October 28, 1996

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Soviet Criminal Justice Under Stalin is the first comprehensive account of Stalin's struggle to make criminal law in the USSR a reliable instrument of rule, emphasizing the initial weakness of the Soviet state and the limits of Stalin's capacity to rule. Peter Solomon also offers new perspectives on collectivization, the Great Terror, the politics of abortion, and the disciplining of the labor force. This book should appeal to anyone interested in the political, social, or legal history of the USSR, judicial reform in post-Soviet states, law in authoritarian regimes, or comparative legal development.
Title:Soviet Criminal Justice Under StalinFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:520 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 1.14 inShipping dimensions:8.98 × 5.98 × 1.14 inPublished:October 28, 1996Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521564514

ISBN - 13:9780521564519

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Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. The First Phase: 1. The design of an experiment; 2. Criminal justice under NEP; Part II. The Years of Collectivization: 3. Campaign justice; 4. The decline of legality; Part III. The Conservative Shift: 5. The return to tradition: Vyshinsky and legal order; 6. Stalin's criminal policy: from tradition to excess; 7. Criminal justice and the great terror; 8. The reconstruction of criminal justice; 9. Preparing for war: the criminalization of labour infractions; Part IV. The Stalinist Synthesis: 10. Moulding legal officials for careers; 11. The dynamics of Stalinist justice: bureaucratic and political pressures on legal officials; 12. The distortion and limits of criminal policy; Conclusion.

Editorial Reviews

"...monumental... Solomon exploits an impressive array of sources, including the recently declassified holdings of several archives, central and local newspapers and journals, and approximately sixty interviews with former Soviet legal officials. This study will become required reading for specialists interested in the history of Soviet law, institutions, education, labour, and society,as well as for students of comparative legal system." Heather Coleman, Canadian Journal of History