The Split in Stalin's Secretariat, 1939-1948

The Split in Stalin's Secretariat, 1939-1948

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This book attempts to demonstrate that the leaders of Stalin's Secretariat clashed sharply and continuously over the nature of the Communist party's 'leadership' of the Soviet state between 1939 and 1948. This study reconceptualizes the entire question of 'party-state' relations in the SSR's political system and therefore provides an original interpretation of a critical period in the development of the Stalinist political system.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 17.78mm | 408.23g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739126067
  • 9780739126066

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Harris' picture of powerful competing Stalinist lieutenants remains enticing and seems more like real life than the primitive picture of an omnipotent Stalin surrounded by automatons and slaves, which is unfortunately still popular among historians both here and in Moscow. -- J. Arch Getty Russian Review, July 2009 This book presents a detailed account of the policy disputes that defined the rivalry between Andrei Zhdanov and Georgii Malenkov, two leading members of the Communist Party Secretariat in Iosif Stalin's Soviet Union ... Harris's work illuminates several important aspects of political life in Stalin's ruling apparatus ... The study's great strength is its assiduous recreation of political debate inside Stalin's leadership and, as such, it should be essential reading for specialists studying the Stalin era. Slavic Review, Winter 2009 Jonathan Harris renders in The Split in Stalin's Secretariat a highly detailed insight into the workings of the highest echelons of the Soviet regime under Stalin. It convincingly charts how personal rivalries among Stalin's favorites were reflected in the USSR's political course during World War Two and in the opening moves of the Cold War. -- Kees Boterbloem, University of South Florida The question of the relationship between the Party and the State is crucial for understanding Soviet political. Jonathan Harris goes to the heart of the matter by examining two principal views about the Communist Party's role in Soviet society during the late 1930s and 1940s. Drawing on a meticulous analysis of the main party publications during this period, the author reconstructs the main battle lines between Georgii Malenkov and Andrei Zhdanov, the two antagonists of the book...The book provides a very detailed and extensive analysis of the debates about Party's role in Soviet system as it appeared in the official press. Soviet and Post-Soviet Review
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About Jonathan Harris

Jonathan Harris is associate professor of political science at the University of Pittsburgh.
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Table of contents

Chapter 1 Chapter I. The Split in Stalin's Secretariat Chapter 2 Chapter II. Stalin, the Secretariat, and the Sovnarkom, 1930-1939 Chapter 3 Chapter III. Zhdanov and Malenkov, 1939-1941 Chapter 4 Chapter IV. The War and the Apparat, 1941-1943 Chapter 5 Chapter V. The War and the Apparat, 1943-1945 Chapter 6 Chapter VI. The Turbulent Restoration, 1945-1946 Chapter 7 Chapter VII. Zhdanov's Uneasy Ascendancy, 1946 Chapter 8 Chapter VIII. Confusion and Compromise at the Top, 1947 Chapter 9 Chapter IX. Zhdanov's Last Months, January-July 1948 Chapter 10 Chapter X. Conclusion
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