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The Anatomy of Terror: Political Violence under Stalin

James Harris


Our understanding of Stalin’s Terror of the 1930s is being transformed. For decades, historians were locked in a narrow debate about the degree of central control over the terror process. Recent archival research is underpinning new, innovative approaches and opening new perspectives. Historians are exploring the roots of the Terror in the heritage of war and mass repression in the late Imperial and early Soviet periods; in the regime’s focus not just on former ‘oppositionists’, wreckers, and saboteurs, but also on crime and social disorder; in the common European concern to identify and isola ... More

Keywords: political purges, mass repression, political violence, Stalinism, totalitarianism, Stalinist Terror

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199655663
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655663.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Harris, editor
Senior Lecturer in Modern European History, University of Leeds

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General Introduction

James Harris

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