Synopses & Reviews
In this groundbreaking appraisal of the Stalinist regime and its interaction with Russian society during the Terror of the 1930s, Robert W. Thurston uses a wide array of material from newly opened archives. He draws a new, controversial picture of Stalinism, arguing that the Soviet leader did not intend or need to terrorize the country. More people believed in his quest to eliminate internal enemies than were frightened by it, while millions participated in the full range of the state's acts.
Terror, in the sense of mass, unjust arrests, characterized the USSR during the late 1930s. But, argues Robert Thurston in this controversial book, Stalin did not intend to terrorize the country and did not need to rule by fear. Memoirs and interviews with Soviet people indicate that many more believed in Stalin's quest to eliminate internal enemies than were frightened by it.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 237-286) and index.