Title

The Great Purge: A Comparative Study

Publication Year

1968

Keywords

government, Soviet Union, Stalin, totalitarianism, opposition, purge trials

Disciplines

European History | Political History | Political Science | Politics and Social Change | Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies

Abstract

In the 1930's, the Soviet Union erupted in a spasm of internal violence unparalleled in world history. The Great Purge of 1934-1939 resulted in the arrest of about ten million people and the death of possibly four or five million more. The Great Purge represented an unprecedented instance of a totalitarian regime decimating its own ranks. It demonstrated that the Stalinist regime was a menace not only to the non-Communist world, but to itself as well.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

Political Science

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