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Security Empire: The Secret Police in Communist Eastern Europe

Molly Pucci


The secret police were one of the most important institutions in the making of communist Eastern Europe. Security Empire compares the early history of secret police institutions, which were responsible for foreign espionage, domestic surveillance, and political violence in communist states, in Poland, Czechoslovakia, and East Germany after the Second World War. While previous histories have assumed that these forces were copies of the Soviet model, the book delves into the ways their origins diverged due to local social conditions, languages, and interpretations of communism. It illuminates th ... More

Keywords: Communism, Eastern Europe, intelligence services, secret police, show trials, perpetrator studies, Comintern, Second World War, state-building, Cold War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780300242577
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300242577.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Molly Pucci, author
Trinity College Dublin