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Intimate Enemies: Demonizing the Bolshevik Opposition, 1918-1928 (Pitt Series in Russian and East European Studies)

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Intimate Enemies is a brilliant study of the transformation of Bolshevik Party ideology, language, and power relations during the crucial period leading up to Stalin's seizure of power. Combining extensive research in recently opened Soviet archives with an insightful rereading of intra-Party struggles, Igal Halfin uncovers this evolution in the language of Bolshevism.  This language defined the methods for judging true party loyalty-in what Halfin describes as an examination of the 'hermeneutics of the soul,' and became the basis for prosecuting the Party's enemies, particularly the “intimate enemies” within the Party itself.  Halfin argues that Bolshevism-which claimed sole access to truth and morality-ultimately demonized its enemies, and became in effect a theology that facilitated a monumental power shift.

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Intimate Enemies examines the transformation of Bolshevik Party ideology, language, and power relations during the crucial period leading up to Stalin's seizure of power. 

Igal Halfin uncovers this evolution in the language of Bolshevism.  This language defined the methods for judging true party loyalty-in what Halfin describes as an examination of the 'hermeneutics of the soul,' and became the basis for prosecuting the Party's enemies, particularly the “intimate enemies” within the Party itself. 

About the Author

Igal Halfin is professor of history at Tel Aviv University. He is the author or editor of From Darkness to Light: Class, Consciousness, and Salvation in Revolutionary Russia, Terror in My Soul: Communist Autobiographies on Trial, and Language and Revolution: The Making of Modern Political Identities.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822959526
Author:
Halfin, Igal
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Communism
Subject:
Soviet Union
Subject:
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Communism & Socialism
Subject:
Political Process - Political Parties
Subject:
Communism -- Soviet Union -- History.
Subject:
Kommunisticheska'ia parti'ia Sovetskogo So'iu
Subject:
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Subject:
Russia-General Russian History
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Pitt Russian East European
Publication Date:
20070431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.13 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » Leftist Studies
History and Social Science » Russia » General Russian History
History and Social Science » World History » General

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Intimate Enemies examines the transformation of Bolshevik Party ideology, language, and power relations during the crucial period leading up to Stalin's seizure of power. 

Igal Halfin uncovers this evolution in the language of Bolshevism.  This language defined the methods for judging true party loyalty-in what Halfin describes as an examination of the 'hermeneutics of the soul,' and became the basis for prosecuting the Party's enemies, particularly the “intimate enemies” within the Party itself. 

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