Chapter One: Russia and Despotism Russia has ancient links with despotism, such as Ivan the Terrible and Peter the Great. This chapter puts forward the notion that this heritage made Stalin's task of establishing a terror network easier. Chapter Two: Early Bolshevik Terror The repression of the Cheka, the organisation for battling counter-revolution, and Stalin's rise to power. Chapter Three: Mass Starvation Stalin's use of the OGPU and Red Army in mass collectivisation to establish 'Socialism in One Country', in which 10,000,000 peasants died. Chapter Four: The Purges Stalin's NKVD roots out the 'enemies of the state' in the purges of 1934-38, in which millions were sent to prisons and forced-labour camps. Chapter Five: Deportations The MGB and NKVD administered many mass deportations during the 1930s and early 1940s. This chapter looks this oppression of minority groups, such as the Tartars, Chechens and Kalmyks. Chapter Six: World War II The Red Army's role in the liquidation of Stalin's opponents as it liberated Eastern Europe from the Germans during and immediately after World War II. Chapter Seven: The Iron Empire Stalin's empire at its apogee: after World War II until his death. This chapter looks at the vast network of spies and informers, the secret police organisation and the host of prisons and forced-labour camp scattered throughout his empire. Chapter Eight: The KGB The establishment of the KGB in 1954 and its role and excesses as the largest secret police and espionage organisation in the world, links with Eastern European organisations like the STASI and the system in present-day Russia after communism. Appendices: Complete lists of the gulags Organisation charts for the secret police Casualty lists List of leading figures Glossary Bibliography Index
A chilling illustrated history of the Soviet secret police
Rupert Butler is an author and journalist who specialises in historical narratives on the origins of the Third Reich and on WWII. A contributor to many international newspapers and magazines, he is the author of a number of books, including SS-Leibstandarte, SS-Wiking, The Black Angels (on the Waffen-SS), and The Curse of the Death's Head (on the Totenkopf SS Division). Rupert Butler lives in London, UK.
I found the writing style concise and easy to read. The chapters are illustrated and also have reference boxes to explain certain bodies and organizations that existed throughout the history of the Soviet state ... the author does provide some excellent bibliographic references, most of which answer my questions in amazing detail. * Wargames, Soldiers, and Strategy 17/02/2016 *