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Author Jansen, Marc.

Title Stalin's loyal executioner : People's Commissar Nikolai Ezhov, 1895-1940 / Marc Jansen and Nikita Petrov
Published Stanford, CA : Hoover Institution Press, 2002
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 274 pages) : illustrations
Contents Front Cover; Title Page; Half Title; Copyright; Contents; List of Illustrations; Preface; Chapter 1: Early Career; Chapter 2: Directing the Purges and Supervising the NKVD; Chapter 3: State Security Chief; Chapter 4: The Great Terror; Chapter 5: Apogee; Chapter 6: Decline; Chapter 7: Fall; Chapter 8: Enemy of the People; Chapter 9: Concluding Remarks; Notes; Index
Summary "During the Great Terror (1937 to 1938), at least 1.5 million Soviet citizens were arrested for alleged crimes against the state. Some 700,000 of them were shot. A dozen years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, still-classified Soviet archives reveal for the first time the scope of communist terrorism under Joseph Stalin. This book illuminates the ongoing debate generated by our compelling need to understand how such horrors could unfold in modern history." "The gruesome facts in this story focus on one man. Nikolai Ezhov rose from obscurity to become Stalin's ruthless functionary in total charge of the era's massive purges. For fifteen months, Ezhov was a hero in the Politburo. Less than three and a half years after his appointment, he was dead, his name obliterated from government files." "In 1998, the military Collegium of the Russian Supreme Court ruled that justice had been served by the secret trial and execution of Nikolai Ezhov, "enemy of the people." Using Ezhov's own papers meticulously documenting his loyalty to Stalin, the book reveals the full human tragedy encompassed in Ezhov's meteoric and bloody career. The following questions rivet our attention to an unprecedented era of bureaucratic madness: was Ezhov operating outside the scope of Stalin's authority or "just following orders"?; how were Stalin's "national operation" implemented?; how, in 1938, did Ezhov suddenly lose favor with Stalin?; what police actions were the aftermath of Ezhov's brief reign of terror?; and how did Soviet national policies shift after 1938?"--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-261) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject 880-01 Ezhov, Nikolaĭ Ivanovich, 1895-1940.
880-01 Ежов, Николай Иванович, 1895-1940.
880-02 Soviet Union. Narodnyĭ komissariat vnutrennikh del -- Officials and employees -- Biography.
880-02 Soviet Union. Народный комиссариат внутренних дел -- Officials and employees -- Biography.
880-03 Kommunisticheskai͡a partii͡a Sovetskogo Soi͡uza -- Purges.
880-03 Коммунистическая партия Советского Союза -- Purges.
Political purges -- Soviet Union -- History.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
Author Petrov, N. V. (Nikita Vasilʹevich)
Петров, Н. В. (Никита Васильевич)
ISBN 0817929061 (electronic bk.)
0817929088 (electronic bk.)
9780817929060 (electronic bk.)
9780817929084 (electronic bk.)