The Kirov Murder and Soviet History

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  • Copyright: 2010-05-25
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
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Drawing onhundreds of newly available, top-secret KGB and party Central Committee documents, historian Matthew E. Lenoe reexamines the 1934 assassination of Leningrad party chief Sergei Kirov. Joseph Stalin used the killing as the pretext to unleash the Great Terror that decimated the Communist elite in 19371938; these previously unavailable documents raise new questions about whether Stalin himself ordered the murder, a subject of speculation since 1938. The book includes translations of 125 documents from the various investigations of the Kirov murder, allowing readers to reach their own conclusions about Stalin's involvement in the assassination.

Author Biography

Matthew Lenoe is associate professor of history at the University of Rochester.

Table of Contents

List of Mapsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. x
Note on Translation, Transliteration, and Datesp. xiii
Note on Soviet Government and Territorial Structuresp. xv
Note on the Documents and Citationsp. xviii
List of Acronyms and Abbreviationsp. xx
List ot Archives Citedp. xxiv
Introductionp. 1
From Kostrikov to Kirov, 1886-1925p. 19
Conquering Leningrad, 1925-1929p. 64
Kirov in Leningrad, 1930-1934p. 107
The Scene of the Crimep. 149
Leonid Nikolaevp. 179
Nikolaev Agonistesp. 208
Stalin Respondsp. 251
Fingering the Zinovievitesp. 279
The Trials of the Moscow and Leningrad "Centers"p. 323
Investigating the Leningrad NKVDp. 389
The Kirov Murder and the Great Terrorp. 453
Rumors, Speculation, and the Martyr Cultp. 487
The Kirov Murder in the West, 1934-1956p. 526
The Politics of Rehabilitation and the Kirov Murder, 1953-1957p. 555
Shatunovskaya's Investigation and Afterp. 606
Conclusionp. 670
Appendix: Biographical Sketchesp. 693
Notesp. 739
Index of Documentsp. 809
General Indexp. 815
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