The Anatomy of Terror: Political Violence under Stalin

Hardcover | July 25, 2013

EditorJames Harris

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Stalin's Terror of the 1930s has long been a popular subject for historians. However, while for decades, historians were locked in a narrow debate about the degree of central control over the terror process, recent archival research is underpinning new, innovative approaches and opening newperspectives. Historians have begun to explore the roots of the Terror in the heritage of war and mass repression in the late Imperial and early Soviet periods; in the regime's focus not just on former "oppositionists", wreckers and saboteurs, but also on crime and social disorder; and in the commonEuropean concern to identify and isolate "undesirable" elements. Recent studies have examined in much greater depth and detail the precipitants and triggers that turned a determination to protect the Revolution into a ferocious mass repression.The Anatomy of Terror is an edited volume which brings together the work of the leading historians in the field, presenting not only the latest developments in the subject, but also the latest evolution of the debate. The sixteen chapters are divided into eight themes, with some themes reflectingthe diversity of sources, methodologies and angles of approach, others showing stark differences of opinion. This opens up the field of study to further research, and this volume will proof indispensable for historians of political violence and of the era of Stalinist Terror.

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Stalin's Terror of the 1930s has long been a popular subject for historians. However, while for decades, historians were locked in a narrow debate about the degree of central control over the terror process, recent archival research is underpinning new, innovative approaches and opening newperspectives. Historians have begun to explore...

James Harris is Senior Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of Leeds.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:July 25, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

James Harris: IntroductionFormative Influences1. Iain Lauchlan: Chekist Mentalite and the Origins of the Great Terror2. James Harris: Terror from Lenin to StalinStalin and the Party3. Arfon Rees: Stalin as Architect of the Terror4. J. Arch Getty: The Rise and Fall of a Party First Secretary: Vainov of Iaroslavl'Practices of State Violence5. David Hoffmann: Technologies and Practices of Soviet State Violence6. David Shearer: Mass Repression, Modernity and the Social Engineering ArgumentIdeology7. David Priestland: Terrors of Left and Right: 1937 in Comparative Perspective8. David Brandenberger: Ideological Zig-Zag: Official Explanations for the Great Terror, 1936-1938Police, Justice and Terror9. Paul Hagenloh: Mass Operations and Soviet Statecraft under Lenin and Stalin10. Gabor T. Rittersporn: Police, Justice and Terror before, during and after the Mass Purges of 1937-38Precipitants11. Matthew Lenoe: Fear, Loathing, Conspiracy: The Kirov Murder as Impetus for Terror12. J. Arch Getty: Pre-election Fever: The Origins of the 1937 Mass OperationsVictims and Perpetrators13. Wendy Goldman: Small Motors of Terror: The Role of Factory Newspapers14. William Chase: Scapegoating One's Comrades in the USSR, 1934-1937Statistics15. Stephen G. Wheatcroft: The Great Terror in Historical Perspective: The Records of the Statistical Department of the Investigative Organs of OGPU/NKVD16. Melanie Ilic: The Great Terror in Leningrad: Evidence from the Leningradskii martirolog