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The lost Politburo transcripts [electronic resource] : from collective rule to Stalin's dictatorship /
edited by Paul R. Gregory and Norman Naimark.
imprint
New Haven : Yale University Press, 2008.
description
viii, 271 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
9780300134247 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Book
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imprint
New Haven : Yale University Press, 2008.
isbn
9780300134247 (cloth : alk. paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Findings and perspectives / Norman Naimark -- The Politburo's role as revealed by the lost transcripts / Paul Gregory -- Stalin in the light of the Politburo transcripts / Hiroaki Kuromiya -- "Class bothers unite!" the British general strike and the formation of the "united opposition" / Alexander Vatlin -- Stalin, Syrtsov, Lominadze : preparations for the "second great breakthrough" / Oleg Khlevniuk -- The "right opposition" and the "Smirnov-Eismont-Tolmachev affair" / Charters Wynn -- The way they talked then : the discourse of politics in the Soviet Party Politburo in the late 1920s / Robert Service -- Making the unthinkable thinkable : language microhistory of Politburo meetings / Leona Toker -- The short course of the history of the all-union Communist Party : the distorted mirror of party propaganda / Rustem Nureev -- Grain, class, and politics during NEP : the Politburo meeting of december 10, 1925 / R.W. Davies -- The Politburo on gold, industrialization, and the international economy, 1925-1926 / David M. Woodruff -- Prices in the Politburo, 1927 : market equilibrium versus the use of force / Mark Harrison.
general note
"Published in cooperation with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University."
catalogue key
8843028
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 247-257) and index.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2009-10-01:
These 12 essays deal with Politburo meetings in the 1920s and a meeting in 1938 at which the participants discussed the publication of Stalin's History of the All-Union Communist Party (Bolsheviks): Short Course, the standard history of the party as long as Stalin ruled Russia. The essayists clearly reveal that the issues in the Politburo were of shattering importance. The main issue was how to manage the transformation of the Soviet Union into an industrial power, and the pace and means of effecting the transition. Stalin's skill was to solidify his support by espousing a moderate position. Then a crisis of the party's own making appeared as a result of plans for industrial growth. Now Stalin came to represent the will of the party to crush all obstacles as the party pushed industrial development. Just as the party crushed the peasantry, it crushed the opposition. That Russia survived this "storming" of the heavens is miraculous. Stalinists insisted that Russia's survival during WW II was evidence that the party was right. Anti-Stalinists argued that Russia's near death in the war was evidence that the party was wrong. Mark Harrison, in particular, presents the issue starkly, although all the essays illustrate Soviet Russia's misfortune that Stalin was victorious. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Most levels/libraries. D. Balmuth emeritus, Skidmore College
Reviews
Review Quotes
"An extraordinarily clear and interesting analysis of Stalin''s terror."-Hiroaki Kuromiya, Indiana University, Bloomington
"The collection represents a significant contribution to the scholarship, offering new insights into the important topics discussed in each essay, topics that are of pivotal importance to our understanding of early Soviet history and the rise of the Stalin dictatorship."-Lynne Viola, University of Toronto
"The collection represents a significant contribution to the scholarship, offering new insights into the important topics discussed in each essay, topics that are of pivotal importance to our understanding of early Soviet history and the rise of the Stalin dictatorship."�Lynne Viola, University of Toronto
"The collection represents a significant contribution to the scholarship, offering new insights into the important topics discussed in each essay, topics that are of pivotal importance to our understanding of early Soviet history and the rise of the Stalin dictatorship."Lynne Viola, University of Toronto
"This book, the first to focus on the 'working arrangements' of security agencies under Stalin, unlocks a number of issues in Soviet history that have until now been classified as instances of the dictator's irrationality or excess."-Mark Harrison, University of Warwick
"This collection offers new insights into important topics, topics that are of pivotal importance to our understanding of early Soviet history and the rise of the Stalin dictatorship."-Lynne Viola, University of Toronto
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Summaries
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Prominent Westen and Russian scholars examine the 'lost' transcripts of the Soviet Politburo, a set of verbatim accounts of meetings that took place from the 1920s to 1938 but remained hidden in secret archives until the late 1990s.
Main Description
In this groundbreaking book, prominent Western and Russian scholars examine the "lost" transcripts of the Soviet Politburo, a set of verbatim accounts of meetings that took place from the 1920s to 1938 but remained hidden in secret archives until the late 1990s. Never intended for publication or wide distribution, these records (known as stenograms in Russia) reveal the actual process of decision making at the highest levels of the Soviet communist party. The transcripts also provide new, first-hand records of the rise of Stalin's dictatorship. The contributors to the volume explore the power struggles among the Politburo members, their methods of discourse and propaganda, and their economic policies. Taken as a whole, the essays shed light on early Soviet history and on the individuals who supported or opposed Stalin's consolidation of power.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction
Findings and Perspectivesp. 3
The Politburo's Role as Revealed by the Lost Transcriptsp. 16
The Power Struggle
Stalin in the Light of the Politburo Transcriptsp. 41
"Class Brothers Unite!" The British General Strike and the Formation of the "United Opposition"p. 57
Stalin, Syrtsov, Lominadze: Preparations for the "Second Great Breakthrough"p. 78
The "Right Opposition" and the "Smirnov-Eismont-Tolmachev Affair"p. 97
Discourse, Ideology, and Propaganda
The Way They Talked Then: The Discourse of Politics in the Soviet Party Politburo in the Late 1920sp. 121
Making the Unthinkable Thinkable: Language Microhistory of Politburo Meetingsp. 135
The Short Course of the History of the All-Union Communist Party: The Distorted Mirror of Party Propagandap. 165
Economic Policy
Grain, Class, and Politics During NEP: The Politburo Meeting of December 10, 1925p. 181
The Politburo on Gold, Industrialization, and the International Economy, 1925-1926p. 199
Prices in the Politburo, 1927: Market Equilibrium versus the Use of Forcep. 224
Bibliographyp. 247
List of Contributorsp. 259
Indexp. 261
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