Enemies Within the Gates?: The Comintern and the Stalinist Repression, 1934-1939

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Yale University Press, 1. 1. 2001. - 514 страница
This compelling work of documentary history tells a story of idealism betrayed, a story of how the Comintern (Communist International), an organization established by Lenin in 1919 to direct and assist revolutionary movements throughout the world, participated in, and was ultimately destroyed, by the Stalinist repression in the late 1930s. Presenting and drawing on recently declassified archival documents, William J. Chase analyses the Comintern's roles as agent, instrument, and victim of terror. In both principle and practice, the Comintern was an international organization, with a staff that consisted primarily of Communist emigres who had fled dictatorial regimes in Europe and Asia. It was, however, headquartered in Moscow and controlled by Soviet leaders. This book examines the rise of suspicions and xenophobia among Soviet and Comintern leaders and cadres for whom many foreigners were no longer the heroes of the class struggle but rather possible enemy agents. Some Comintern members internalised and acted on Stalin's theories about the infiltration of foreign spies into Soviet society, supplying the Soviet police with information that led to the exile or execution of emigres. Thousands of other emigres also became victims of the purges. Together the text and documents of this book convey graphically the essential roles played by the Comintern, providing a unique perspective on the era of Stalinist repression and terror.

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Enemies within the gates?: the Comintern and the Stalinist repression, 1934-1939

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The extended title says it all. Part of Yale's "Annals of Communism" series, this volume reproduces translations of original documents from the Communist International, formerly maintained in the ... Прочитајте целу рецензију

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CHAPTER 1 The Comintern
CHAPTER 2 The Kirov Murder and the Call for Vigilance
CHAPTER 3 The Search for Hostile Elements and Suspicious Foreigners
CHAPTER 4 Campaigns Converge Anxieties Deepen
CHAPTER 5 The Victims of Vigilance
CHAPTER 6 The Consequences of Vigilance
CHAPTER 7 Case Studies
CHAPTER 8 Fear Obedience Belief and Repression
Biographical Sketches
Index of Documents
General Index
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William J. Chase is professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh.

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