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Scorched Earth: Stalin's Reign of Terror

Jörg Baberowski


This book, an unremitting indictment of the mad violence with which Joseph Stalin ruled the Soviet Union, depicts Stalinism as a cruel and deliberate attack on Russian society, driven by “totalitarian ambitions” and the goal of modernizing and rationalizing a backward people. The text takes a twofold approach, emphasizing Stalin's personal role and responsibility as well as the continuity he sees in Communist aims and ideology since 1917. Unlike recent apologist accounts that focus on the challenges of modernization or on the operational complexities of managing the Soviet state, this hard-hit ... More

Keywords: modernization, Joseph Stalin, Russian society, Stalinism, violence, Soviet Union, culture of violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780300136982
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300136982.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jörg Baberowski, author
Eastern European University

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