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Practicing Stalinism: Bolsheviks, Boyars, and the Persistence of Tradition

J. Arch Getty


In old Russia, patron/client relations, “clan” politics, and a variety of other informal practices spanned the centuries. Government was understood to be patrimonial and personal rather than legal, and office holding was far less important than proximity to patrons. Using research from previously unused documents from the Communist archives, this book shows how these political practices and traditions from old Russia have persisted throughout the twentieth-century Soviet Union and down to the present day. The book examines a number of case studies of political practices in the Stalin era and a ... More

Keywords: Russia, clan, Stalin era, Bolsheviks, political clans, patron-client relationship, Putin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780300169294
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300169294.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

J. Arch Getty, author