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Origins of the Great Purges The Soviet Communist Party Reconsidered, 1933-1938

ISBN-10: 0521335701

ISBN-13: 9780521335706

Edition: 1987

Authors: J. Arch Getty

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Based upon archival and published sources, this book describes the events in the Bolshevik Party leading up to the Great Purges of 1937-38. Professor Getty concludes that the party bureaucracy was chaotic rather than totalitarian, and that local officials had relative autonomy within a considerably fragmented political system. The Moscow leadership, of which Stalin was the most authoritarian actor, reacted to social and political processes as much as instigating them. Because of disputes, confusion, and inefficiency, they often pushed contradictory policies. Avoiding the usual concentration on Stalin's personality, the author puts forward the controversial hypothesis that the Great Purges occurred not as the end product of a careful Stalin plan, but rather as the bloody but ad hoc result of Moscow's incremental attempts to centralize power.
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Book details

List price: $67.99
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/30/1987
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

List of tables
Preface
Introduction: the Great Purges as history
The Communist Party in the thirties
What was a purge?
The Verification of Party Documents of 1935: a case study in bureaucratic ineptitude
Radicalism and party revival
Radicalism and enemies of the people
The crisis matures: 1937
Epilogue: the Ezhovshchina
Conclusion: some observations on politics in the thirties
Appendix: the Kirov assassination
Bibliographic essay
Notes
Index