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Description - Origins of the Great Purges by John Arch Getty

Based upon archival and published sources, this book describes the events in the Bolshevik Party leading up to the Great Purges of 1937-38. 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 pushed 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 centralize power.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521335706
ISBN-10: 0521335701
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 30-Jan-1987
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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