Stalin’s Terror

High Politics and Mass Repression in the Soviet Union

  • Barry McLoughlin
  • Kevin McDermott

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Rethinking Stalinist Terror

    1. Barry McLoughlin, Kevin McDermott
      Pages 1-18
  3. The Politics of Repression

  4. The Police and Mass Repression

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Barry McLoughlin
      Pages 118-152
    3. Nikita Petrov, Arsenii Roginskii
      Pages 153-172
  5. Victim Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. Aleksandr Vatlin, Natalia Musienko
      Pages 194-207
    3. Hans Schafranek, Natalia Musienko
      Pages 208-224
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 241-256

About this book


The British, Irish, Russian, American, German and Austrian contributors examine the intricate nature of the mass repression unleashed by the Stalinist leader of the USSR during 1937-38. The first part of the collection deals with annihilation policies against the Soviet elite and the Communist International. The second section of the volume looks at mass operations of the secret police (NKVD) against social outcasts, Poles and other 'hostile' ethnic groups. The final section comprises micro-studies about targeted victim groups among the general population.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Barry McLoughlin
    • 1
  • Kevin McDermott
    • 2
  1. 1.Vienna UniversityAustria
  2. 2.Sheffield Hallam UniversityUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2003
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4039-3903-6
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-52393-7
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