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Cold PeaceStalin and the Soviet Ruling Circle, 1945–1953$
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Yoram Gorlizki and Oleg V. Khlevniuk

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195165814

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165814.001.0001

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Stalin's Last Struggle

Stalin's Last Struggle

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Cold Peace

Yoram Gorlizki (Contributor Webpage)

Oleg V. Khlevniuk

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This chapter shows how, despite his frailties, Stalin used the XIX Party Congress as a means of exercising his dominance over the party by, among other things, restructuring “offices” and reassigning his colleagues' duties. It argues that Stalin's final offensive against Molotov and Mikoian starting in October 1952 was part of a rational bid on his part to stave off any thoughts of a succession. The attack on his Politburo colleagues was accompanied by a final lunge at a group of Jewish “doctor-murderers”.

Keywords:   Stalin, socialism, XIX Party Congress, Lenin, Politburo, doctor-murderers

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