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Cold Peace: Stalin and the Soviet Ruling Circle, 1945–1953

Yoram Gorlizki and Oleg V. Khlevniuk


In the period from the end of World War II until his death, Stalin became an increasingly distrustful despot. He habitually picked on and humiliated members of his inner circle, had them guarded around the clock, had their correspondence decoded by secret police, bugged the lines of even his most senior deputies, and even drove several to the point of publicly betraying their spouses in order to prove their allegiance. This book argues that Stalin's behavior was not entirely paranoid and erratic but followed a clear political logic. This book contends that his system of leadership was at once ... More

Keywords: Stalin, political logic, leadership, personal loyalty, USSR, global power, superpower

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195165814
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165814.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yoram Gorlizki, author
University of Manchester
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Oleg V. Khlevniuk, author
State Archive of the Russian Federation

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