The Great Terror

@inproceedings{Conquest1968TheGT,
  title={The Great Terror},
  author={Robert Conquest},
  year={1968}
}
From 1937 on, Stalin was expecting war, and preparing for it. Contrary to his usual custom, during the summer he did not take a vacation in the south (a pattern he was to maintain during the following years, until 1945), apparently because he felt that conditions demanded his constant presence at the nerve center. In view of the danger, he wanted the purge of the Party and state apparatus to coincide with a grand purge of society at large. The potential ‘‘fifth column,’’ in Stalin’s perception… Expand
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