The Scale and Nature of Stalinist Repression and its Demographic Significance: On Comments by Keep and Conquest

@article{Wheatcroft2000TheSA,
  title={The Scale and Nature of Stalinist Repression and its Demographic Significance: On Comments by Keep and Conquest},
  author={Stephen G. Wheatcroft},
  journal={Europe-Asia Studies},
  year={2000},
  volume={52},
  pages={1143 - 1159}
}
  • S. Wheatcroft
  • Published 1 September 2000
  • History
  • Europe-Asia Studies
THIS JOURNAL HAS RECENTLY PUBLISHED two comments on my article on the comparability and reliability of the archival data on the victims of Stalinism and the Soviet secret police. The Ž rst comment, by John Keep, agreed on the importance of assessing the scale of Stalin’s repression and did make some important points regarding the available data on this topic. Keep’s comments deserve serious consideration and I will address them below. The second comment, by Robert Conquest, was very different… 
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