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Master of the House: Stalin and His Inner Circle

Oleg V. Khlevniuk


Based on research in previously unavailable documents in the Soviet archives, this book illuminates the secret inner mechanisms of power in the Soviet Union during the years when Stalin established his notorious dictatorship. It focuses on the top organ in Soviet Russia's political hierarchy of the 1930s—the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party—and on the political and interpersonal dynamics that weakened its collective leadership and enabled Stalin's rise. The author's research challenges existing theories of the workings of the Politburo and uncovers many new find ... More

Keywords: Soviet Union, Stalin, dictatorship, Soviet Russia, political hierarchy, Political Bureau, Central Committee, Communist Party, interpersonal dynamics, collective leadership

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780300110661
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300110661.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Oleg V. Khlevniuk, author