"Impossible structures": resource allocation and party donors
Funding loyalty with promises
The party and its overseers
Selective justice: party control under Stalin
How much? the cost of party and the determinants of party expenditures
The flow of money to national, regional, and local Soviet communist party organizations, the manner in which money was collected, and how their financial discipline was enforced all yield deep insights into the party's role in the Soviet institutional design. Funding Loyalty examines the Soviet communist party's financial operations and its budget from the 1930s through 1960s, providing a fresh look at the evolution of the party and its role in the Soviet economy and society as a whole. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Introduction: Ideology, propaganda, and mass mobilization
The propaganda state's first decade
The search for a usable party history
Personifying the Soviet "experiment"
The cult of heroes and heroism
The pageantry of Soviet patriotism
The popularity of the official line
The murder of the usable past
Mass culture in a time of terror
Public opinion imperiled
The ossification of the official line
Stalinist mass culture on the eve of war
Conclusion: The propaganda state in crisis.
The USSR is often regarded as the world's first propaganda state. Particularly under Stalin, politically charged rhetoric and imagery dominated the press, schools, and cultural forums from literature and cinema to the fine arts. Yet party propagandists were repeatedly frustrated in their efforts to promote a coherent sense of "Soviet" identity during the interwar years. This book investigates this failure to mobilize society along communist lines by probing the secrets of the party's ideological establishment and indoctrinational system. An expose of systemic failure within Stalin's ideological establishment, Propaganda State in Crisis ultimately rewrites the history of Soviet indoctrination and mass mobilization between 1927 and 1941. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Prologue: The Bolsheviks and the October Revolution in Petrograd Part I: The Defeat of the Moderates 1 Forming a Government-- 2 Rebels into Rulers-- 3 Gathering Forces-- 4 The Fate of the Constituent Assembly Part II: War or Peace 5 Fighting Lenin-- 6 "The Socialist Fatherland Is in Danger"7 An Obscene Peace Part III: Soviet Power on the Brink 8 A Turbulent Spring-- 9 Continuing Crises-- 10 The Northern Commune and the Bolshevik-Left SR Alliance-- 11 The Suicide of the Left SRs-- Part IV: Celebration amid Terror 12 The Road to "Red Terror"-- 13 The Red Terror in Petrograd-- 14 Celebrating "the Greatest Event in the History of the World"-- 15 Price of Survival Chronology of Key Events-- Notes-- Bibliography-- Index.
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A major contribution to the historiography of the world in the 20th century, "The Bolsheviks in Power" focuses on the fateful first year of Soviet rule in Petrograd. It examines events that profoundly shaped the Soviet political system that endured through most of the 20th century. Drawing largely from previously inaccessible Soviet archives, it demolishes standard interpretations of the origins of Soviet authoritarianism by demonstrating that the Soviet system evolved ad hoc as the Bolsheviks struggled to retain political power amid spiraling political, social, economic, and military crises. The book covers issues such as the rapid fall of influential moderate Bolsheviks, the formation of the dreaded Cheka, the dissolution of the Constituent Assembly, the Red Terror, the national government's flight to Moscow, and the subsequent rivalry between Russia's new and old capitals. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Stalin's Loyal Executioner, drawn from still-classified Soviet archives, chronicles the meteoric and bloody career of Nikolai Ezhov, NKVD leader and security chief, revealing the tragic scope of communist terrorism under Joseph Stalin. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
New Haven, Conn. ; London : Yale University Press, c1999.
Book — xxvii, 635 p.,  p. of plates : ill., ports ; 25 cm.
A collection of formerly top-secret Soviet documents from Stalin's great purges of 1932 to 1939. Exposing to daylight the hidden inner workings of the Communist Party and the dark inhumanity of the purge process, it seeks to deepen our understanding of Soviet history. (source: Nielsen Book Data)