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The Purging of the leadership of NKZem and TsSU in 1937 and 1938: a talk by prof. Stephen G. Wheatcroft

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On Friday, October 13 at 6 PM the next meeting of the School of History regular seminar will be held. Prof. Stephen G. Wheatcroft (University of Melbourne, Australia) will give the talk entitled “The Purging of the leadership of NKZem and TsSU in 1937 and 1938”.

Abstract. This paper arises out of the work that I am currently concluding on the final volume (7) of the RWDavies series The Industrialization of the USSR: The Years of Terror and Preparation for War. The work on that volume is being carried out by R.W. Davies, Mark Harrison, Oleg Khlevnyuk and myself. I am responsible for the sections on agriculture and demography in the volume, and hence my interest in this topic.

How did the purges of the leadership groups in TsSU and NKZem proceed? What explains the differences and their timing? Both can be seen to have specific local reasons, but they were also part of a general chaotic process of the time. Although it would be wrong to try to identify a simple rationale for this complex event, the study of how the purge of the leadership unfolded in different organizations, may tell us something about the nature of this process, as well as its impact in those organizations.

Stephen G. Wheatcroft is a Professorial Fellow in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies in the University of Melbourne in Australia. He has worked mainly on Soviet Economic, Demographic History, and the history of famine, but has also looked at some aspects of political history. See http://www.melgrosh.unimelb.edu.au/ecohistory_papers.php, http://www.melgrosh.unimelb.edu.au/demography.php, http://www.melgrosh.unimelb.edu.au/repression/home.php http://www.melgrosh.unimelb.edu.au/php/pol_home.php http://www.melgrosh.unimelb.edu.au/famine.php

The seminar will be held at Staraya Basmannaya str. 21/4, buildig L, room L-405. The language of the event is English.

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