Stalin's Loyal Executioner: People's Commissar Nikolai Ezhov, 1895-1940

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Hoover Institution Press, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 274 pages
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"In 1998, the military Collegium of the Russian Supreme Court ruled that justice had been served by the secret trial and execution of Nikolai Ezhov, "enemy of the people." Using Ezhov's own papers meticulously documenting his loyalty to Stalin, the book reveals the full human tragedy encompassed in Ezhov's meteoric and bloody career. The following questions rivet our attention to an unprecedented era of bureaucratic madness: was Ezhov operating outside the scope of Stalin's authority or "just following orders"?; how were Stalin's "national operation" implemented?; how, in 1938, did Ezhov suddenly lose favor with Stalin?; what police actions were the aftermath of Ezhov's brief reign of terror?; and how did Soviet national policies shift after 1938?"--BOOK JACKET.

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Although I am well used to reading many books about the horrors of Stalinism, this was particularly downbeat. I think this was partly due to the writing style. Neither author is a native English ... Read full review

Contents

Directing the Purges and Supervising
21
State Security Chief
53
The Great Terror
79
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

Marc Jansen teaches at Amsterdam University's Institute of Russian and East European Studies and has written numerous books and articles on Russian and Soviet history. Nikita Vasil'evich Petrov, author of several books and numerous articles and an expert in Soviet terror history, is vice-chairman of Moscow's Memorial Scientific Research Center.

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