The Soviet War against `Fifth Columnists': The Case of Chechnya, 1942—4

  title={The Soviet War against `Fifth Columnists': The Case of Chechnya, 1942—4},
  author={Jeffrey Burds},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary History},
  pages={267 - 314}
  • Jeffrey Burds
  • Published 2007
  • History
  • Journal of Contemporary History
In this article, the author traces the main contours of the emergence of the concept of 'enemy nationalities' in the Stalin era, 1937-45. By 1938, 'fifth columnists' - suspected agents of foreign governments - dominated Soviet arrests of internal enemies. This xenophobic wave corresponded with the emergence by the eve of the Second World War of a Soviet policy that targeted ethnic minorities living in strategic borderland zones. Stalinist deportation policies in 1944-5 represented a… Expand
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