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Practicing StalinismBolsheviks, Boyars, and the Persistence of Tradition$
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J. Arch Getty

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300169294

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300169294.001.0001

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Epilogue: The New and the Old

Epilogue: The New and the Old

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(p.269) Epilogue: The New and the Old
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Practicing Stalinism
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J. Arch Getty

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300169294.003.0010

The Epilogue shows that many of the practices described in this book continue to the present day, having outlived the Soviet Union. They are embedded in Russian history as a “deep structure.” There had never been any other way to govern Russia, and upon reflection it would have been surprising indeed if Stalin could have replaced a thousand years of governing practice just by killing the current incumbents.

Keywords:   Stalin, clans, Soviet Union, Russia, governing practices

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