The Nature of Stalin's Dictatorship: The Politburo 1928-1953

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Palgrave Macmillan UK, Nov 25, 2003 - History - 267 pages
This is the first attempt to systematically study the nature of the political leadership system under Stalin. It focuses both on the formal institutions of power, such as the Politburo, and on the informal networks of decision-making that were a central feature of his system of rule. It draws on a wealth of new archival material to highlight Stalin's relations with his co-leaders and wider elite groups, and offers different perspectives on the nature and degree of Stalin's system of personal power.

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R. W. DAVIES Emeritus Professor MELANIE ILIC Senior Lecturer in History and Women's Studies, Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education, Research Fellow at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham OLEG KHLEVNYUK State Archives of the Russian Federation EVAN MAWDSLEY Professor of Modern History, University of Glasgow VALERY VASILIEV Researcher, Ukrainian Academy of Science DEREK WATSON Honorary Research Fellow, Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham STEPHEN WHEATCROFT Professor of History, University of Melbourne, Australia

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