The lost Politburo transcripts from collective rule to Stalin's dictatorship

  title={The lost Politburo transcripts from collective rule to Stalin's dictatorship},
  author={Paul R. Gregory and Norman M. Naimark},
In this groundbreaking book, prominent Western and Russian scholars examine the "lost" transcripts of the Soviet Politburo, a set of verbatim accounts of meetings that took place from the 1920s to 1938 but remained hidden in secret archives until the late 1990s. Never intended for publication or wide distribution, these records (known as stenograms in Russia) reveal the actual process of decision making at the highest levels of the Soviet communist party. The transcripts also provide new, first… 

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