James Harris: The Great Fear



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Erceived as risks threatening them and if so how did their overreaction compared to the alleged Stalin overreactionB Was it ogical or foreseeable that Stalin and the Soviet Union as a whole would feel insecure and act accordingly than other nations when faced with such foreign and domestic threats perceived given the prior history of foreign invasion of Russia and the Soviet Union8 Considering the circumstances A Was Stalin s perception correct that the Soviet Union was at one point during the rule of Stalin was so economically and militarily behind the advanced countries that it was reasonable for Stalin to conclude under the circumstances that unless the Soviet Union eliminated that deficiency with some promptness that certain foreign countries would crush the Soviet Union B How does the nature and extent of the brutality attributed to Stalin compare to the nature and extent of the brutality attributed to those who were opposing StalinC In justifying actions to be taken in the furtherance of what they perceived to be their national interests was Stalin any or Rascal lessikely to believe that the end justified the means than the Another Day of Life leaders of Stalin s perceived domestic or foreign oppositionD If and to what extent was the information that was provided to Stalin by his intelligence services upon which he based his decisions flawed in comparison with flaws in the information provided to the foreign enemies of the Soviet Union by their intelligence servicesE If and to what extent did the ability of Stalin to gather information and carry out the decisions and actions he preferred depend upon the good faith and cooperation of other individuals who were not totally within the control of Stalin and who themselves from time to time had their own personal objectives ambitions and views that conflicted with those of Stalin9 Selfish motives of others If and to what extent were some of the claims ultimately shown to have wrongfully been brought against innocent people in the Soviet Union initiated not by Stalin but instead by other individuals in the Soviet Union who asserted such claims against such innocent people to eliminate such innocent people for opportunistic personal or competitive reasons or to deflect blameI suspect that a consideration of these uestions inight of the newly disclosed evidence may cause the reader to have a deeper understanding and comprehensive assessment of Stalin and his times than was previously possible A very worthwhile read This book documents the history of Stalin s Great Terror Fascinating in a terrible way. Thomable abstraction In short the Terror was wholly destructive not merely in terms of the incalculable human cost but also in terms of the interests of the Soviet What Would You Like? leaders principally Joseph Stalin who directed and managed it The Great Fear presents a new and original explanation of the Stalin's Terror based on intelligence materials in Russian archives It shows how Sovieteaders developed a grossly exaggerated fear of conspiracy and foreign invasion and Narcissus in Chains (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, lashed out at enemiesargely of their own maki.

Soviet archives C If and to what extent has the public s perception of Stalin been changed by new evidence that has come to Cinderella for a Night (36 Hours, light following the opening of the Soviet archives D Is there any significant additional new evidence that is expected to be uncovered from now on going forward that isikely to result in any future changes in the public s perception of what Stalin did and why he did it2 Misunderstanding A Is it true that Stalin s great terror is among the most misunderstood moments in the history of the 20th century B If so why is that Is it because that misunderstanding of that terror is caused by or compatible with or contributes to satisfaction of the political emotional or other needs of those who misunderstand those actions and that time period3 Emotional or rational responses A If and to what extent were the actions taken by Stalin that constitute what is considered to be the terror motivated or driven by X the emotional responses of Stalin andor Y rational analysis by StalinB If and to what extent is the conclusion that there was no substance or material evidence supporting the claims against a majority of the victims of state repression that they were participating in counterrevolutionary conspiracies based upon exculpatory evidence that came to Friend Foe light after the time of terror and not before4 Justification for seeking power When it is said that the terror represents the culmination of Stalin s struggle for total power what criteria should be used to determine how much power it would be reasonable for a head of state to seek to use in the management of the government when the government is perceived to be threatened internally and by other nations to the same extent that the Soviet Union was threatened5 Intelligence gathering How does the extent to which Stalin used the apparatus of intelligence gathering to keep a careful watch on domestic and international individuals and groups compare to what was done and is done by other governments that perceive significant internal and external threats to the present and future existence of their nations6 Evaluating decisions using information not available to the decision maker Should history judge the decisions made by a head of state based upon either X what the head of state knew at the time that decisions were made and actions taken or Y what comes toight at a subseuent date 7 Relationship of reaction to the degree that state is at risk A Did the other nations that Stalin viewed as a threat to the Soviet Union then or thereafter they themselves overreact to what they E eve of the Nazi invasion The wholesale slaughter of party and state officials was in danger of making the Soviet state ungovernable The majority of these victims of state repression in this period were accused of participating in counter revolutionary conspiracies Almost without exception there was no substance to the claims and no material evidence to support them By the time the terror was brought to a close most of its victims were ordinary Soviet citizens for whom 'counter revolution' was an unfa.

Description from Pushkin House Today we turn our Pushkin House Recommends spotlight on THE GREAT FEAR Stalin s Terror of the 1930s by James Harris Oxford University Press This title presents a new and original explanation of the Stalin s Terror as a destructive force in terms of human The Longevity Diet life and the state that provoked the events It also uncovers new evidence from the Russian archives and is the first Englishanguage monograph to be written on the Terror in 20 years The book itself operates as an interesting counterpoint to the intrigue and deception which many state was inherent in the trials yet seems to be operating u Somtimes the way to hell is paved of good intentions this is the case of russian revolutionIn this revolution is set out the moral dilema of if the purpose justify the meansThis book about the stalinist terror is framed in the Grassroots Innovation last subjectThe Great Fear by James Harris is for me a excelent work in history with a great work in documentationstudy and syntesisis a book of great historic rigor and very objective in its analysisThe book gives other historic perspective of the great fear different of that of the book The Great Terror by ConuestIn brief the message that one get of the book is that the great fear is not the fruit of a bunch of evil psichopats mass murderers otherwise a conjuction of factors that have carried as the author says to a perfect stormFundamentally this factors wereThe great apprehension of the comunist party of the Soviet Uni n to a invasi n war of the industrial powers in a agressively militarist context GermanyJapanThe paranoic personality Read in two sessions couldn t really put it down Adds a nuanced view to suggest why Stalin may have engaged in such horrific violence in the 1930s And it all has to do interestingly with how information was gathered and used from the bottom up and top down Un descubrimiento interesante Excellent book Reading the book and the new evidence that it discloses regarding the actions taken by Stalin and others is very thought provoking Among the many uestions worthy of consideration that the book can raise in the mind of the reader are the following1 Changed perception A Should the public perception of Stalin be changed to any significant degree by the additional evidence that has come toight following the opening of the Soviet archivesB Or has the historical image of Stalin become so embedded in the minds of the public that such image has not and will not be changed to any significant degree by any new evidence obtained as a result of the opening of the. Between the winter of 1936 and the autumn of 1938 approximately three uarters of a million Soviet citizens were subject to summary execution More than a million others were sentenced to Bouquet of Flowers in a Vase, by Van Gogh lengthy terms inabour camps Commonly known as 'Stalin's Great Terror' it is also among the most misunderstood moments in the history of the twentieth century The Terror gutted the ranks of factory directors and engineers after three years in which all major plan targets were met It raged through the armed forces on th.

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