Williams, Christopher (2008) Western historical debates on Stalin’s purges. In: Obshestvenno-politicheskaya mysl’ v Rossii: Traditsii i novatsii (Socio-political thought in Russia). Ижевск, изд-во УдГУ, pp. 251-262.
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This paper outlines and assesses the two schools of thought on Stalin's Russia in the West, namely orthodox totalitarian school versus the revisionist perspective. Based on Western access to Russian archives, this paper analyses the Western historiography on the purges and uses this to explore the following issues: Stalin's consolidation of power; his role as leader; Stalin's relationship with other politicians; Stalin's maintenance of authority using coercion rather than •consent and finally, did the purges help Stalin move from being an oligarch to a dictator.
|Item Type:||Book Section|
|Subjects:||D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics|
|Schools:||College of Business, Law & Applied Social Studies > Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching|
|Deposited By:||Helen Cooper|
|Deposited On:||09 Jun 2011 12:05|
|Last Modified:||17 Aug 2012 10:42|
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