Stalin's Power Apparatus and the Soviet System's Secret Structures of Communication
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Special World by Niels Erik Rosenfeldt
Book Description2 books. This doctoral dissertation provides an in-depth analysis of Stalin's secret Party chanceller and of several other secret structures within the Soviet Communist Party, the Soviet State Security Service and the headquarters of the Communist International. Stalin's chancellery numbered approximately 100 staff members from the mid-1920s and functioned as a kind of invisible service organ through which Stalin's decisions -- whether on social-economic change or on police matters and terror -- were implemented. When the Soviet Union collapsed the formerly closed archives were to a certain degree opened for research. Since the mid-nineties Niels Erik Rosenfeldt has on several occasions visited these archives. Partly based on this research he here presents a thorough and groundbreaking study of some of the most secret structures of Soviet society. As a starting point a detailed description is given of the principles and procedures for secrecy in the Soviet System of the 1920s. This is followed by an investigation of the development of Stalin's secret chancellery, from the early 1920s to the death of Stalin in 1953, and of the various internal and external factors affecting the growth and shape of the secret apparatus during the same period. More specifically there is a lengthy discussion of the role of the secret chancellery in the Soviet decision-making process. In the analysis of the Soviet State Security Service the main emphasis is put on the network of the ultra-secret "special departments" and "special sections". The examination of the apparatus of the Communist International focuses on the clandestine chancellery and communication departments which can -- more or less directly -- be compared to the structural pattern of Stalin's secret chancellery and related offices in the Soviet Communist Party.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9788763507738
(170mm x 250mm x 79mm)
Imprint: Museum Tusculanum Press
Publisher: Museum Tusculanum Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: Denmark
Books By Author Niels Erik Rosenfeldt
Mechanisms of Power in the Soviet Union, Paperback (July 2000)» View all books by Niels Erik Rosenfeldt
Based on archival evidence and other sources, these essays examine the power structures, communication channels and mechanisms of decision making within the Soviet political system. The book deals with both domestic and foreign policy problems. Special attention is focused on the era of Stalinism.
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Author Biography - Niels Erik Rosenfeldt
Niels Erik Rosenfeldt is Associate Professor at the East European Department at the University of Copenhagen. He is the author of numerous books and articles on Stalin and Russia/the Soviet Union.
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