© 2003

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

About the editors

FRIDRIKH FIRSOV Researcher, History of the Comintern WLADISLAW HEDELER Researcher, History of the Karaganda Gulag Complex OLEG KHLEVNIUK Department of Public Administration, Moscow State University, Russia NATALIA MUSIENKO Lecturer, German Language NIKITA PETROV Vice-Chairman, Board of Memorial, the most prominent Russian organization dedicated to uncovering the crimes of Soviet Communism ARSENII ROGINSKII Chairman, Board of Memorial HANS SCHAFRANEK Freelance Historian, Vienna DAVID SHEARER Associate Professor of History, University of Delaware, USA BERTHOLD UNFRIED Lecturer, Cultural Studies, Vienna University ALEKSANDR VATLIN Senior Lecturer, Department of Modern History, Moscow's Lomonosov University, Russia SERGEI ZHURAVLEV Senior Researcher, Institute of Russian History, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

Bibliographic information


'A fascinating and wide-ranging collection of essays on the Great Terror. It illustrates well the new archive-based research being undertaken. It significantly extends our knowledge and will be a boon to students and scholars.' - Professor E.A. Rees, EUI, Florence

'Perhaps the greatest untold story of Soviet history...the book is likely to change the way we think about the Great Terror and Stalin's Dictatorship.' - James Harris, Leeds University

'These excellent contributions not only increase our understanding of the events as a whole; they also provide new details that will surprise even some specialists...[Stalin's Terror] provides fresh perspectives and important new factual evidence on one of the most barbaric episodes of the twentieth century, and will benefit anyone interested in modern Russian or European history.' - J. Arch Getty, University of California

'This is an extremely interesting and informative, but at the same time chilling collection of essays detailing the different stages and types of repression in the Soviet Union during the 1930s...The material presented in this collection, which provides fascinating glimpses into the psychology of interrogation and the tragic fate of individuals alongside meticulous analysis of the facts and figures of repression is both comprehensive and ground-breaking in the new perspective it provides on this catastrophic period of Soviet history.' - Elizabeth Warner, Emerita Professor of Russian, University of Durham, Mortality