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Inventing the Enemy: Denunciation and Terror in Stalin's Russia

Inventing the Enemy: Denunciation and Terror in Stalin's Russia

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Inventing the Enemy uses stories of personal relationships to explore the behavior of ordinary people during Stalin's terror. Communist Party leaders targeted specific groups for arrest, but also strongly encouraged ordinary citizens and party members to "unmask the hidden enemy." People responded by flooding the secret police and local authorities with accusations. By 1937, every work place was convulsed by hyper-vigilance, intense suspicion, and the hunt for hidden enemies. Spouses, coworkers, friends, and relatives disavowed and denounced each other. People confronted hideous dilemmas. Forced to lie to protect loved ones, they struggled to reconcile political imperatives and personal loyalties. Work places were turned into snake pits. The strategies that people used to protect themselves - naming names, preemptive denunciations, and shifting blame - all helped to spread the terror. Inventing the Enemy, a history of the terror in five Moscow factories, explores personal relationships and individual behavior within a pervasive political culture of "enemy hunting."

Author: Wendy Z. Goldman
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 07/31/2011
Pages: 334
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.05lbs
Size: 8.90h x 6.00w x 1.00d
ISBN: 9780521145626

Review Citation(s):
Chronicle of Higher Education 09/09/2011 pg. 16

About the Author
Goldman, Wendy Z.: - Wendy Z. Goldman is Professor in the Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University. She has contributed articles to numerous edited collections and journals, including Slavic Review and the American Historical Review. She is also the author of several books, including Terror and Democracy in the Age of Stalin: The Social Dynamics of Repression (Cambridge University Press, 2007), Women at the Gates: Gender and Industry in Stalin's Russia (Cambridge University Press, 2002) and Women, the State and Revolution: Soviet Family Policy in Social Life, 1917-1936 (Cambridge University Press, 1993).

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