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Terror and Democracy in the Age of Stalin: The Social Dynamics of Repression

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Terror and Democracy in Stalin’s Russia is the first book devoted exclusively to popular participation in the ‘Great Terror’, a period in which millions of people were arrested, interrogated, shot, and sent to labor camps. The book shifts attention from the machinations of top Party leaders to the mechanisms by which repression engulfed Soviet society. In the unions and the factories, repression was accompanied by a mass campaign for democracy. Party leaders urged workers to criticize and remove corrupt and negligent officials. Workers, shop foremen, local Party members, and union leaders adopted the slogans of repression and used them, often against each other, to redress long-standing grievances, shift blame for intractable problems in production, and advance personal agendas. Repression quickly became a mass phenomenon; not only in the number of victims it claimed, but in the number of perpetrators it spawned. Using new, formerly secret archival sources, Terror and Democracy in Stalin’s Russia takes us into the unions and the factories to observe how ordinary people moved through clear stages toward madness and self-destruction.

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The first book devoted exclusively to popular participation in the 'Great Terror', a period in which millions of people were arrested, interrogated, shot, and sent to labor camps. By using new, formerly secret archival sources, the book shows how ordinary people moved in clear stages toward madness and self-destruction.

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The book shows how ordinary people moved toward madness and self-destruction during the Great Terror.

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Terror and Democracy in Stalin's Russia is the first book devoted exclusively to popular participation in the ?Great Terror,? a period in which millions of people were arrested, interrogated, shot, and sent to labor camps. In the unions and the factories, repression was accompanied by a mass campaign for democracy. Party leaders urged workers to criticize and remove corrupt and negligent officials. Workers, shop foremen, local Party members, and union leaders adopted the slogans of repression and used them, often against each other, to redress long-standing grievances. Using new, formerly secret archival sources, Terror and Democracy in Stalin's Russia shows how ordinary people moved in clear stages toward madness and self-destruction. Wendy Z. Goldman is a professor of history at Carnegie Mellon University. She is author of Women, the State and Revolution: Soviet Family Policy and Social Life, 1917-1936 (Cambridge, 1993), winner of the Berkshire Conference Book Award, as well as Women at the Gates: Gender and Industry in Stalin's Russia (Cambridge, 2002).

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The Book shows how ordinary people moved in clear stages toward madness and self-destruction.

About the Author

Wendy Z. Goldman is the author of Women, the State and Revolution: Soviet Family Policy and Social Life, 1917-1936 (Cambridge, 1993), winner of the Berkshire Conference Book Award, as well as Women at the Gates: Gender and Industry in Stalin's Russia (Cambridge, 2002). She has published numerous articles on Soviet social and political life and serves as the director of an exchange between Carnegie Mellon University and Russian State University for the Humanities. She has received grants from the Social Science Research Council, the International Research and Exchanges Board, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Council for East European and Eurasian Research. She has served on the editorial boards of Social Science History, Gender and History, and International Labor and Working Class History.

Table of Contents

1. The social crisis of industrialization; 2. From murder to mass conspiracy; 3. Mobilizing mass support for repression; 4. The campaign for Union democracy; 5. Victims and perpetrators: the organizational dynamics of terror; 6. Rituals of repression in the factories.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521685092
Author:
Goldman, Wendy Z.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Author:
Goldman, Wendy
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
History
Subject:
Political persecution
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Soviet Union History 1925-1953.
Subject:
Soviet Union Economic conditions.
Subject:
Russia-General Russian History
Publication Date:
20070831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
274
Dimensions:
8.99x6.35x.61 in. .86 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The first book devoted exclusively to popular participation in the 'Great Terror', a period in which millions of people were arrested, interrogated, shot, and sent to labor camps. By using new, formerly secret archival sources, the book shows how ordinary people moved in clear stages toward madness and self-destruction.
"Synopsis" by , The book shows how ordinary people moved toward madness and self-destruction during the Great Terror.
"Synopsis" by , Terror and Democracy in Stalin's Russia is the first book devoted exclusively to popular participation in the ?Great Terror,? a period in which millions of people were arrested, interrogated, shot, and sent to labor camps. In the unions and the factories, repression was accompanied by a mass campaign for democracy. Party leaders urged workers to criticize and remove corrupt and negligent officials. Workers, shop foremen, local Party members, and union leaders adopted the slogans of repression and used them, often against each other, to redress long-standing grievances. Using new, formerly secret archival sources, Terror and Democracy in Stalin's Russia shows how ordinary people moved in clear stages toward madness and self-destruction. Wendy Z. Goldman is a professor of history at Carnegie Mellon University. She is author of Women, the State and Revolution: Soviet Family Policy and Social Life, 1917-1936 (Cambridge, 1993), winner of the Berkshire Conference Book Award, as well as Women at the Gates: Gender and Industry in Stalin's Russia (Cambridge, 2002).
"Synopsis" by , The Book shows how ordinary people moved in clear stages toward madness and self-destruction.
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