Stalin and War, 1918-1953: Patterns of Repression, Mobilization, and External Threat (Routledge Histories of Central and Eastern Europe) (Hardcover)

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Stalin and War, 1918-1953 is the first book to examine the patterns of radicalized internal violence that characterized the Stalinist regime across the whole of the dictator's rule, and it is one of the only works to connect patterns of internal violence to the dictator's perceptions of war and foreign threat.

Discussion focuses on the crisis years 1928-1932, 1936-1939, the Great Fatherland War, and the last war crisis period, 1947-1953. Violent repressions under Stalin were cyclical. They peaked and ebbed but, in each case, they were linked to Stalin's expectation of war and invasion, to his perceived need for urgent internal mobilization, and to intense foreign policy activity. Stalin's behavior in each of these perceived war crises followed a pattern established during the dictator's experience as a military commander in the Russian revolutionary wars, and especially during the Polish war in 1919 and 1920. Together, these chapters trace a consistent and interconnected logic of war and repression throughout Stalin's political life.

This book will be of interest to professional scholars of Soviet history, twentieth-century history, and World War II history, and it is approachable enough to be appreciated by general readers.

About the Author


David R. Shearer is the Thomas Muncy Keith Professor of History at the University of Delaware and a specialist in the history of Stalinism.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781032043531
ISBN-10: 1032043539
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: September 11th, 2023
Pages: 96
Language: English
Series: Routledge Histories of Central and Eastern Europe