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Policing Stalin's socialism : repression and social order in the Soviet Union, 1924-1953 / David R. Shearer
Bib ID 4704724
Format BookBook
Author
Shearer, David R., 1952-
 
Description New Haven : Yale University Press, c2009 
xiv, 507 p., [10] p. of plates : ill., facsims. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 9780300149258
Series

The Yale-Hoover series on Stalin, Stalinism, and the Cold War

Summary

"This is one of the first books to emphasize the importance of social order repression by Stalin's Soviet regime in contrast to the traditional emphasis of historians on political repression. Based on extensive examination of new archival materials David R. Shearer finds that most repression during the Stalinist dictatorship of the 1930s was against marginal social groups such as petty criminals, deviant youth, sectarians, and the unemployed and unproductive." "It was because Soviet leaders regarded social disorder as more of a danger to the state than political opposition that they instituted a new form of class war to defend themselves against this perceived threat. Shearer details the workings of informant networks, police registration systems, and widespread police cleansing campaigns and surveillance systems used to monitor and control the population."--BOOK JACKET.

Full contents
  • Introduction: Policing, social order, and repression under Stalin
  • A new kind of class war
  • Police and social disorder
  • A Soviet gendarmerie
  • Informants, surveillance, and prophylactic policing
  • Cataloging the population
  • The campaigns against marginals
  • Policing juveniles
  • Passports, identity, and mass policing
  • "Once and for all time" : background to the Great Purges
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Stalin, Joseph, 1878-1953 -- Influence.  |  Police -- Soviet Union -- History.  |  Political persecution -- Soviet Union -- History.  |  Social control -- Soviet Union -- History.  |  Political purges -- Soviet Union -- History.  |  Socialism -- Soviet Union -- History.  |  Soviet Union -- Social conditions.  |  Soviet Union -- Politics and government -- 1917-1936.  |  Soviet Union -- Politics and government -- 1936-1953.

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