RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 51937359 LA English T1 Cold peace : Stalin and the Soviet ruling circle, 1945-1953 A1 Gorlizki, Yoram., Khlevni︠u︡k, O. V., PB Oxford University Press PP Oxford; New York YR 2004 SN 0195165810 9780195165814 9780195304206 0195304209 AB "Often dismissed as paranoid and irrational, Joseph Stalin's behavior followed a clear political logic, contend Yoram Gorlizki and Oleg Khlevniuk. Stalin's consistent and overriding goal after the war was to consolidate the Soviet Union's status as a superpower and, in the face of growing decrepitude, to maintain his own hold as leader of that power. To that end, he fashioned a system of leadership that was at once patrimonial-repressive and quite modern. While maintaining informal relations based on personal loyalty at the apex of the system, in the postwar period Stalin also vested authority in committees, elevated younger specialists, and initiated key institutional innovations with lasting consequences." "Close scrutiny of Stalin's relationships with his most intimate colleagues also shows how, in the teeth of periodic persecution. Stalin's deputies cultivated informal norms and mutual understandings that provided the foundations for collective rule after his death. Based on newly released archival documents, including personal correspondence, drafts of Central Committee paperwork, new memoirs, and interviews with former functionaries and the families of Politburo members, this book will appeal to all those interested in Soviet history, political history, and the lives of dictators."--Jacket.