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Intimate Enemies: Demonizing the Bolshevik Opposition, 1918-1928 - Pitt Series in Russian and East European Studies (Hardback)
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Intimate Enemies: Demonizing the Bolshevik Opposition, 1918-1928 - Pitt Series in Russian and East European Studies (Hardback)

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Hardback 520 Pages / Published: 30/06/2007
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Intimate Enemies is a brilliant study of the transformation of Bolshevik Party ideology, language, and power relations during the crucial period leading up to Stalin's seizure of power. Combining extensive research in recently opened Soviet archives with an insight rereading of intra-Party struggles, Igal Halfin uncovers this evolution in the language of Bolshevism. This language defined the methods for judging true party loyalty - in what Halfin describes as an examination of the 'hermeneutics of the soul,' and became the basis for prosecuting the Party's enemies, particularly the ""intimate enemies"" within the Party itself. Halfin argues that Bolshevism - which claimed sole access to truth and morality - ultimately demonized its enemies and became in effect a theology that facilitated a monumental power shift.

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
ISBN: 9780822943297
Number of pages: 520
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"A fascinating . . . read. Despite the complexity of the ideas that he presents, his willingness to reproduce living examples from the texts in order to develop his argument ensured that this reader was gripped by the unfolding evolution of language, and its corresponding unleashing of real rather than just thetorical violence."
--Europe-Asia Studies
"Impressive and original."
--Slavic Review
"Igal Halfin must be counted among the most prolific young scholars in the field of Soviet studies."
--The NEPA Era

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