Soviet Collectivization: A Historiographical Essay

In the 1920s, following the Bolshevik victory in the Russian Civil War, the leader of the Bolsheviks Vladimir Lenin distanced the newly formed government from the policies of War Communism through a series of decrees.  Under War Communism, the Bolshevik Party practiced class warfare against the peasants and justified the use of force to carryContinue reading “Soviet Collectivization: A Historiographical Essay”

Review – The Lost Politburo Transcripts: From Collective Rule to Stalin’s Dictatorship

Recently, the Russian government transferred thirty-one Politburo transcripts, or stenograms, from the Presidential Archives to the Russia State Archive of Social and Political History.  This relocation essentially declassified the documents and opened them to academic research, and the present volume includes twelve essays from both western and Russian scholars whose studies attempt to elucidate theContinue reading “Review – The Lost Politburo Transcripts: From Collective Rule to Stalin’s Dictatorship”