Securing the Communist State

Securing the Communist State : The Reconstruction of Coercive Institutions in the Soviet Zone of Germany and Romania, 1944 1948

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From Berlin to Bucharest, from Warsaw to Sofia, Soviet tanks crossed national borders across East Central Europe at the end of the Second World War. The arrival of the Red Army marked an important turn in history. Within only a few years, the often unpopular communist parties developed into political organizations with mass followings. They managed to seize power, eliminate political opposition to their rule, and purge the state apparatus of undesirable personnel.In Securing the Communist State, Liesbeth van de Grift provides a new understanding of these organizations using recently disclosed material from the communist archives in Berlin and Bucharest. She reveals how these communist parties gained control over the security apparatus after 1945 in East Central Europe from a transitional justice perspective, focusing on purges and personnel policies. This book shows that the personal break after 1945 was not as radical as is often thought.
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  • Electronic book text | 204 pages
  • MD, United States
  • English
  • tables
  • 0739171798
  • 9780739171790

About Liesbeth Van De Grift

Liesbeth van de Grift is a Dutch historian and postdoctoral researcher at Utrecht University.
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This is an important contribution to our understanding of the transition from fascism to communism in Eastern Europe after 1945. Liesbeth van de GrIft offers a clear, well-researched comparative analysis of how the police forces of the communist regimes in East Germany and Romania were formed after war and of the key role they played in the establishment of these regimes.--Richard Bessel, University of York
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