Upward Social Mobility and Mass Repression: The Communist Party and Soviet Society in the Thirties

  • Hans-Henning Schröder
Part of the Studies in Soviet History and Society book series (SSHS)


The years of industrial construction gave Soviet society its form and created the basis of the system of political rule normally referred to as ‘Stalinism’. There were above all two processes that moulded the character of Stalinist society: the wave of upward social mobility initiated by industrialisation and the mass repression with which a hypertrophied police apparatus took action against supposed enemies. It is scarcely possible to separate these two processes from each other.


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