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Great Terror A Reassessment

ISBN-10: 0195317009
ISBN-13: 9780195317008
Edition: 40th
Authors: Robert Conquest
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Description: The definitive work on Stalin's purges, Robert Conquest's The Great Terror was universally acclaimed when it first appeared in 1968. Harrison Salisbury called it "brilliant...not only an odyssey of madness, tragedy, and sadism, but a work of  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.95
Edition: 40th
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 608
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 2.156
Language: English

The definitive work on Stalin's purges, Robert Conquest's The Great Terror was universally acclaimed when it first appeared in 1968. Harrison Salisbury called it "brilliant...not only an odyssey of madness, tragedy, and sadism, but a work of scholarship and literary craftsmanship." And in recent years it has received equally high praise in the former Soviet Union, where it is now considered the definitive account of the period. When Conquest wrote the original volume, he relied heavily on unofficial sources. With the advent of glasnost, an avalanche of new material became available, and Conquest mined this enormous cache to write, in 1990, a substantially new edition of his classic work, adding enormously to the detail. Both a leading historian and a highly respected poet, Conquest blends profound research with evocative prose, providing not only an authoritative account of Stalin's purges, but also a compelling and eloquent chronicle of one of this century's most tragic events. He provides gripping accounts of everything from the three great "Moscow Trials," to methods of obtaining confessions, the purge of writers and other members of the intelligentsia, life in the labor camps, and many other key matters. On the fortieth anniversary of the first edition, in the light of further archival releases, and new material published in Moscow and elsewhere, it remains remarkable how many of Conquest's most disturbing conclusions have continued to bear up. This volume, featuring a new preface by Conquest, rounds out the picture of this huge historical tragedy, further establishing the book as the key study of one of the twentieth centurys most lethal, and longest-misunderstood, offenses against humanity.

Robert Conquest is the acclaimed author of many works of history, including "The Great Terror" & "The Harvest of Sorrow", both modern classics.

Preface to the 40th Anniversary Edition
The Purge Begins
Stalin Prepares
The Kirov Murder
Architect of Terror
Old Bolsheviks Congress
The Problems of Confession
The Yeshov Years
Last Stand
Assault on the Party
The Party Crushed
Nations in Torment
On the Cultural Front
In the Labor Camps
The Great Trial
The Foreign Element
Climax
Aftermath
Heritage of Terror
The Terror Today
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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