- Lists of tables, graphs, photographs Preface Introduction The Land Question in Estonia Soviet Repression as a Special Case of State Violence The Anti-kulak Campaign Inventing Kulaks Participation on the Local Level Epilogue of the March 1949 The Grammar of Terror Concluding Discussion Appendixes Bibliography Index.
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Analyzes the mechanisms of repression, applying new aspects. Repression was mainly conducted through a bureaucratic process where individual denunciations were not even necessary. The main tool of persecution was a screening of the rural population with the help of records, censuses and local knowledge, in order to identify, or invent, "kulak families". Moreover, in the Estonian sources, the World War II history of each individual was a crucial part of screenings. The prisoners of war of the Red Army, held in camps in Estonia, played an unexpected part in this campaign. Another result is a so far neglected wave of peaceful resistance as the kulak identifications were challenged in 1947-48. This has not been addressed in the existing literature. The results mainly answer the question "how" this process worked, whereas the question "why" finds hypothetical responses in the life trajectories of actors. (source: Nielsen Book Data)