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Practicing Stalinism : Bolsheviks, boyars, and the persistence of tradition

Author: John Arch Getty
Publisher: New Haven ; And Lonodon : Yale University Press, 2013.
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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. Working from heretofore unused documents from the communist archives, J. Arch Getty shows how these political practices and traditions from old Russia  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Arch Getty
ISBN: 9780300169294 0300169299
OCLC Number: 955349168
Description: xviii, 359 p. ; 24 cm
Contents: The old and the new --
Cults and personalities, politics and bodies --
The party personnel system: upstairs at the Central Committee --
The party personnel system: downstairs at the Central Committee --
Principled and personal conflicts --
Stalin and the clans I: the "King's men" --
Stalin and the clans II: who can vote? who can shoot? --
Stalin and the clans III: the last stand of the clans --
Epilogue. The new and the old.
Responsibility: J. Arch Getty.

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In old Russia, patron/client relations, "clan" politics, and a variety of other informal practices spanned the centuries. Using documents from the communist archives, the author shows how these  Read more...

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"A compelling account of the continuities and persistent practices of governance in Russian history that shaped both the way Stalin ruled the Soviet Union as well as how Putin dominates Russia today. Read more...

 
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