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The Reception of Robert Conquest’s The Great Terror

  • Joshua Rubenstein

Abstract

The publication of The Great Terror by Robert Conquest was greeted with universal acclaim in the American and British press when it appeared in the fall of 1968. The timing of the book’s publication could not have been better. The Great Terror appeared just four years after the removal of Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev from power, in the immediate aftermath of the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia. This was a time when liberal opinion was no longer vulnerable to credulous, pro-Soviet apologetics, and few, if any, were being offered.

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