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Enemies Within the Gates: The Comintern and the Stalinist Repression, 1934-1939

Chase, William J.

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ISBN 10: 0300082428 / ISBN 13: 9780300082425
Published by Yale University Press, New Haven, 2001
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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FIRST PRINTING of the First Edition. An excellent study of the Communist International - the 'Comintern' - established by Lenin in the Soviet Union for the purpose of founding and controlling communist parties throughout the world, which would be absolutely obedient to the Soviet Union and carry out its secretive foreign policy of subversion and destabilization of foreign nations preparatory to assuming control of them under a Moscow-directed 'socialist republic'. All nearly unbelievable - and yet quite real and fully documented. Comintern was later disbanded by Stalin's orders and most of its members and apparatchiks executed. Hardcover with dust jacket, contains illustrations, notes, biographical sketches, documents index, indexed, 514pp. A very nice copy, the jacket neatly encased in an acid-free archival protector. Rare. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 00015275

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Title: Enemies Within the Gates: The Comintern and ...

Publisher: Yale University Press, New Haven

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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This compelling work of documentary history tells a story of idealism betrayed, a story of how the Comintern (Communist International), an organization established by Lenin in 1919 to direct and assist revolutionary movements throughout the world, participated in and was ultimately destroyed by the Stalinist repression in the late 1930s. Presenting and drawing on recently declassified archival documents, William J. Chase analyzes the Comintern’s roles as agent, instrument, and victim of terror.

In both principle and practice, the Comintern was an international organization, with a staff that consisted primarily of Communist émigrés who had fled dictatorial regimes in Europe and Asia. It was, however, headquartered in Moscow and controlled by Soviet leaders. This book examines the rise of suspicions and xenophobia among Soviet and Comintern leaders and cadres for whom many foreigners were no longer the heroes of the class struggle but rather possible enemy agents. Some Comintern members internalized and acted on Stalin’s theories about the infiltration of foreign spies into Soviet society, supplying the Soviet police with information that led to the exile or execution of imigris. Thousands of other imigris also became victims of the purges. Together the text and documents of this book convey graphically the essential roles played by the Comintern, providing a unique perspective on the era of Stalinist repression and terror.

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