The Nature of Stalin’s Dictatorship

The Politburo 1924–1953

  • E. A. Rees

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. E. A. Rees
    Pages 1-18
  3. Stephen G. Wheatcroft
    Pages 79-107
  4. R. W. Davies, Melanie Ilič, Oleg Khlevnyuk
    Pages 108-133
  5. Valery Vasil’ev
    Pages 168-199
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 240-267

About this book


This is the first attempt to systematically study the nature of the political leadership system under Stalin. It focuses both on the formal institutions of power, such as the Politburo, and on the informal networks of decision-making that were a central feature of his system of rule. It draws on a wealth of new archival material to highlight Stalin's relations with his co-leaders and wider elite groups, and offers different perspectives on the nature and degree of Stalin's system of personal power.


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Editors and affiliations

  • E. A. Rees
    • 1
  1. 1.European University InstituteFlorenceItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2004
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-50917-1
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-52428-6
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