Moscow, 1937: the soviet metropolis at the zenith of Stalin's
dictatorship. A society utterly wrecked by a hurricane of violence.
In this compelling book, the renowned historian Karl Schloegel
reconstructs with meticulous care the process through which, month
by month, the terrorism of a state-of-emergency regime spiraled
into the `Great Terror' during which 1 1/2 million human beings
lost their lives within a single year. He revisits the sites of
show trials and executions and, by also consulting numerous sources
from the time, he provides a masterful panorama of these key events
in Russian history. He shows how, in the shadow of the reign of
terror, the regime around Stalin also aimed to construct a new
society. Based on countless documents, Schloegel's historical
masterpiece vividly presents an age in which the boundaries
separating the dream and the terror dissolve, and enables us to
experience the fear that was felt by people subjected to
totalitarian rule. This rich and absorbing account of the Soviet
purges will be essential reading for all students of Russia and for
any readers interested in one of the most dramatic and disturbing
events of modern history.
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