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The Lost Politburo Transcripts: From Collective Rule to Stalin's Dictatorship

Paul Gregory and Norman Naimark


In this book, Western and Russian scholars examine the “lost” transcripts of the Soviet Politburo, a set of verbatim accounts of meetings that took place from the 1920s to 1938 but remained hidden in secret archives until the late 1990s. Never intended for publication or wide distribution, these records (known as stenograms in Russia) reveal the actual process of decision making at the highest levels of the Soviet communist party. The transcripts also provide new, firsthand records of the rise of Stalin's dictatorship. The contributors to the book explore the power struggles among the Politbur ... More

Keywords: Soviet Politburo, stenograms, decision making, Soviet communist party, Stalin's dictatorship, power struggles, Politburo members, propaganda, economic policies, early Soviet history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780300134247
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300134247.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Gregory, editor

Norman Naimark, editor

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