Origins of the great purges : the Soviet Communist Party reconsidered, 1933-1938

J. Arch Getty

This is a study of the structure of the Soviet Communist Party in the 1930s. Based upon archival and published sources, the work describes the events in the Bolshevik Party leading up to the Great Purges of 1937-1938. Professor Getty concludes that the party bureaucracy was chaotic rather than totalitarian, and that local officials had relative autonomy within a considerably fragmented political system. The Moscow leadership, of which Stalin was the most authoritarian actor, reacted to social and political processes as much as instigating them. Because of disputes, confusion, and inefficiency, they often promoted contradictory policies. Avoiding the usual concentration on Stalin's personality, the author puts forward the controversial hypothesis that the Great Purges occurred not as the end product of a careful Stalin plan, but rather as the bloody but ad hoc result of Moscow's incremental attempts to centralise political power.

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  • List of tables
  • Preface
  • Introduction: the Great Purges as history
  • 1. The Communist Party in the thirties
  • 2. What was a purge?
  • 3. The Verification of Party Documents of 1935: a case study in bureaucratic ineptitude
  • 4. Radicalism and party revival
  • 5. Radicalism and enemies of the people
  • 6. The crisis matures: 1937
  • 7. Epilogue: the Ezhovshchina
  • Conclusion: some observations on politics in the thirties
  • Appendix: the Kirov assassination
  • Bibliographic essay
  • Notes
  • Index.

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書名 Origins of the great purges : the Soviet Communist Party reconsidered, 1933-1938
著作者等 Getty, J. Arch
Getty J.Arch
シリーズ名 Soviet and East European studies
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 1985
ページ数 viii, 276 p.
大きさ 22 cm
ISBN 0521335701
NCID BA03513606
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス