The Great Fear: Stalin's Terror of the 1930s

The Great Fear Stalin s Terror of the s Between the winter of and the autumn of approximately three quarters of a million Soviet citizens were subject to summary execution More than a million others were sentenced to lengthy term

  • Title: The Great Fear: Stalin's Terror of the 1930s
  • Author: James Harris
  • ISBN: 9780199695768
  • Page: 347
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Between the winter of 1936 and the autumn of 1938, approximately three quarters of a million Soviet citizens were subject to summary execution More than a million others were sentenced to lengthy terms in labour camps Commonly known as Stalin s Great Terror , it is also among the most misunderstood moments in the history of the twentieth century The Terror gutted the rBetween the winter of 1936 and the autumn of 1938, approximately three quarters of a million Soviet citizens were subject to summary execution More than a million others were sentenced to lengthy terms in labour camps Commonly known as Stalin s Great Terror , it is also among the most misunderstood moments in the history of the twentieth century The Terror gutted the ranks of factory directors and engineers after three years in which all major plan targets were met It raged through the armed forces on the eve of the Nazi invasion The wholesale slaughter of party and state officials was in danger of making the Soviet state ungovernable The majority of these victims of state repression in this period were accused of participating in counter revolutionary conspiracies Almost without exception, there was no substance to the claims and no material evidence to support them By the time the terror was brought to a close, most of its victims were ordinary Soviet citizens for whom counter revolution was an unfathomable abstraction In short, the Terror was wholly destructive, not merely in terms of the incalculable human cost, but also in terms of the interests of the Soviet leaders, principally Joseph Stalin, who directed and managed it The Great Fear presents a new and original explanation of the Stalin s Terror based on intelligence materials in Russian archives It shows how Soviet leaders developed a grossly exaggerated fear of conspiracy and foreign invasion and lashed out at enemies largely of their own making.

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    1. Description from Pushkin House: Today we turn our **Pushkin House Recommends** spotlight on THE GREAT FEAR: Stalin's Terror of the 1930s by James Harris (Oxford University Press). This title presents a new and original explanation of the Stalin's Terror as a destructive force in terms of human life and the state that provoked the events. It also uncovers new evidence from the Russian archives and is the first English-language monograph to be written on the Terror in 20 years.

    2. Excellent book. Reading the book, and the new evidence that it discloses regarding the actions taken by Stalin and others, is very thought-provoking. Among the many questions worthy of consideration that the book can raise in the mind of the reader are the following:1. Changed perception. A. Should the public perception of Stalin be changed to any significant degree by the additional evidence that has come to light following the opening of the Soviet archives?B. Or has the historical image of St [...]

    3. Read in two sessions--couldn't really put it down. Adds a nuanced view to suggest why Stalin may have engaged in such horrific violence in the 1930s. And it all has to do, interestingly, with how information was gathered and used, from the bottom up and top down.

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