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LANGUAGE MAT.
Author Schlögel, Karl

Title Terror und Traum. English
Moscow, 1937 / Karl Schlögel ; translated by Rodney Livingstone

Publisher Cambridge, UK ; Malden, MA : Polity, c2012

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Call # DK267 .S27513 2012
Descript xix, 652 p. : ill., maps (some col.) ; 24 cm
Note Colored map on endpapers
Includes bibliographical references and index
"Moscow, 1937: the Soviet metropolis at the zenith of Stalin's dictatorship. A society utterly wrecked by a hurricane of violence. In this compelling book, the renowned historian Karl Schlögel reconstructs with meticulous care the process through which, month by month, the terrorism of a state-of-emergency regime spiraled into the 'Great Terror' during which 1.5 million human beings lost their lives within a single year. He revisits the sites of show trials and executions and, by also consulting numerous sources from the time, provides a masterful panorama of these key events in Russian history. He shows how, in the shadow of the reign of terror, the regime around Stalin also aimed to construct a new society. Based on countless documents, Schlögel's historical masterpiece vividly presents an age in which the boundaries separating the dream and the terror dissolve, and enables us to experience the fear that was felt by people subjected to totalitarian rule. This rich and absorbing account of the Soviet purges will be essential reading for all students of Russia and for any readers interested in one of the most dramatic and disturbing events of modern history."--book jacket
Contents Navigation : Margarita's flight. Margarita's flight ; Manuscripts don't burn : a writer in 1937 ; Relief map of the city, locations, staging posts ; Dramatis personae and their portrayal : dual characters ; NKVD, the organization ; "People vanished from their apartments without trace" ; Sudden deaths, execution as spectacle ; "It can't be!" -- Moscow as a construction site : Stalin's general plan in action. Aleksandr Medvedkin's film New Moscow ; A new cityscape : Stalin's General plan for the reconstruction of Moscow ; Moscow as a construction site : between demolition and new construction ; Moscow beyond the ring roads ; Human landscape, struggle for survival -- A topography of the disappeared : the Moscow directory of 1936. Snapshot of the status quo : directories as documents of their age ; Topography of power and other locations ; Traces of the disappeared ; Lists of people to be shot and the posthumous reconstruction of their addresses -- The creation of enemies : the criminal prosecution of the Trotskyite-Zinovievite Terrorist Center, 19-24 August 1936. World-historical criminal cases : the rhetoric of the first Moscow show trial ; The echo of violence : how a latent civil war comes to be articulated in language ; "Double-dealers" ; The birth of the show trial from the spirit of lynch-law ; The ideal enemy -- "Tired of the effort of observing and understanding" : Lion Feuchtwanger's Moscow 1937. A key scene in European intellectual history : Feuchtwanger's meeting with Stalin ; The impotence of the anti-fascist movement : how to generate a point of view ; The end of the flâneur : journey in the shadow of the NKVD ; The phenomenology of confusion and the creation of unambiguous meaning : credo quia absurdum ; Leave-taking at Belorusskii Station -- In the glare of battle : Spain and other fronts. Moscow maps : the scene is Spain ; A world in meltdown, war scare ; The Soviet nation as a patriotic fighting unit ; Metastases : show trial in Barcelona, the NKVD abroad ; Barcelona transfer : Moscow experiences -- Blindness and terror : the suppressed census of 1937. A journey into the interior of society ; 6 January 1937 : snapshot of an empire ; Ten years after the census of 1926 : balance sheet after the Great Leap Forward ; Self-analysis, self-education, data acquisition ; The shock of the missing millions ; Statistics as crime --
A stage for the horrors of industrialization : the second Moscow show trial in January 1937. "The business-like atmosphere" ; The language of expert witnesses ; The topography of the Five-Year Plan ; Human sacrifice, nemesis, chorus ; Postscript -- "A feast in the time of plague" : the Pushkin jubilee of 10 February 1937. The New York Times : "All Russia was Pushkin-mad today" ; "Comrade Pushkin" : consecration of a classic ; A feast in the time of plague : coded discourses ; Platitudes of a new culture ; Russian genius and imperial rule -- Public death : Ordzhonikidze's suicide and death rites. The shock : Sergo is dead ; Escape into ritual ; Suicide as a weapon ; A hopeless situation and protest ; Death as a group experience : speaking of death in times of mass murder -- The engine room of the year 1937 : the February-March plenum of the Central Committee. A leadership at its wits' end : the voice of panic ; Testing the limits and exceeding them : the Party indicts Bukharin and Rykov ; The shock : "universal, free, secret elections" ; Audit report : ungovernability and fear of chaos ; Wreckers at work in the NKVD ; The dissolution of the Party and the creation of a new one ; Setting the machinery in motion -- Moscow in Paris : the USSR pavilion at the International Exhibition of 1937. The exhibition trail : a journey through the map of the Soviet Union ; The theme park of twentieth-century civilization ; Marginal encounters -- Red Square : parade ground and place of execution -- Chopin concert and killing ritual : radio and the creation of the great community. Radiofikatsia : the two faces of progress ; Radio as the background noise of the new age ; The sphere of feelings ; Radio listeners as "citizens of the world" ; Stalin : the original soundtrack : the direction of the historical moment ; Wreckers at work in the ether -- Soviet art deco : time preserved in stone. The first All-Union Congress of Architects, 16-26 June 1937 ; Moscow as a building site ; Chaos and stress ; The Soviet universe as exhibition ; The creation of a new style during a state of emergency ; Closing speech : Frank Lloyd Wright -- "Brown bodies, gaily coloured shorts" : sports parade. "The glorious beauty of young people" ; Fizkul'turnik, fizkul'turnitsa : icons of the new age ; "Stalin's tribe" : tableaux vivants in Red Square --
Wealth and destruction : the Seventeenth International Geology Congress in Moscow. The emergence of Soviet geologists : science and the dream of an affluent nation ; Pioneers the nation does not need : geologists as enemies of the people ; Vladimir Vernadskii : a patriot without fear ; Excursion to the Moscow-Volga Canal : science and slave labour -- A city by the sea : the opening of the Moscow-Volga Canal. After the White Sea Canal : Stalin's second arterial highway ; A canal as a Gesamtkunstwerk : the aesthetics of a man-made riverscape ; Dmitlag, the Gulag Archipelago at the gates of the capital : the parallel society of the camp zone ; Perekovka/reforging : the laboratory of the new man ; "I have seen a country that has been transformed into one great camp" -- Year of adventures, 1937 : a Soviet Icarus. Triumphs, records : a city in a fever ; Non-stop to America ; The conquest of the Arctic ; Twentieth-century adventures ; Heroes of the age : Stalin's aviators ; "There are thousands of dreamers like me" ; "Bolshevik romanticism" and terror -- Moscow as shop-window : the abundance of the world, hungry for goods and dizzy with hunger. André Gide : on luxury and shortages ; Advertisements, window displays : objects of desire and how to present them ; Dizzy with hunger ; A hopeless struggle : a nation of speculators ; The queue as grapevine -- Open spaces, dream landscapes : cruising on the Volga, holidaying on the Red Riviera, conspiracies in the Dachas -- The national Bolshevik Nikolai Ustrialov : his return home and death. Returning home from exile : establishing contact with the new Russia ; National Bolshevism and Stalin's "Socialism in one country" ; The world of "former people" and 1937 ; A double reading : a diary with comments by the NKVD -- Celebrating the October revolution on 7 November 1937. In the diplomats' box ; Conversations in the inner circle of power -- A miniature of high society before the massacre. The bombs come closer ; Beau monde, illustrious society ; Masked ball at the American Embassy ; Interior with piano and nursemaid ; Yezhov's salon : art and the secret police ; Postscript : inventory of luxury and fashion -- Soviet Hollywood : miracles and monsters. Lenin in October : the Revolution corrected ; The USSR as a land of film, picture palaces and stars ; Mosfilm 1937 : chaos in the film factory ; Volga-Volga : directors as conspirators, actors as spies ; Terror and good entertainment --
Death in exile. Dimitrov's diary : a record of self-destruction ; Vanishing point Moscow : biotope ; Foreign comrades ; Vulnerability : world communism as world conspiracy ; Lists, dossiers and card indexes -- Arcadia in Moscow : Stalin's Luna Park. "A centre of culture and rest" ; "What a summer!" ; The locus of public opinion -- "Avtozavodtsy" : the workforce of the Stalin car factories. "Shanghai" : city of immigrants, city on the periphery ; Ivan Likhachev, captain of industry ; Factory patriotism : the factory as melting pot ; "Mass criticism", or the orchestration of hatred and despair -- Dzhaz : the sound of the thirties. Dzhaz (Utesov) ; Songs for the masses (Dunaevskii) ; Classical music (Shostakovich) -- Changing faces, changing times -- America, America : the other new world. Ili'a Il'f and Evgenii Petrov's journey to America ; Special relations : Soviet Americanism and the New Deal ; The American way of life in 1937 ; Utopia as present-day reality -- "I know of no other country..." : 1937 and the production of Soviet space. The birth of the Soviet Union from the spirit of songs for the masses ; Moscow as an image-making machine ; Homogenizing labour : purges and the unity of the Soviet nation -- The Butovo shooting range : topography of the great terror. Looking for traces : the archaeology of the graveyard ; Mass murder on the outskirts of the city ; Sociology of the mass grave ; Killing by quota : Order No. 00447 ; World war, civil war -- Lonely white sail... : dreamtime, children's worlds -- Yezhov at the Bolshoi Theatre : celebrating twenty years of the Cheka. At the heart of Moscow : power made visible ; Celebratory speeches and music between the mass murders ; Ovations for the executioners : morituri salutant -- Bukharin takes his leave. Bukharin's final plea ; The show trial : exercises in dialectics ; The Lubianka : prison as a production site ; Letter to Koba ; A Moscow childhood in 1900 -- 'For official use only' : Moscow as a city on the enemy map -- The foundation pit. The imaginary centre : a support for the empire ; The dome that disappeared : Russian Byzantium ; Labouring away at a vacuum : fantasies of the building of the century ; Rome, New York, Moscow : the genius of Boris Iofan ; War, post-war, and the end of the state of emergency -- Instead of an epilogue
Subject Stalin, Joseph, 1879-1953
Moscow (Russia) -- History -- 20th century
Moscow (Russia) -- Social conditions
Soviet Union -- Politics and government -- 1936-1953
Moscow Trials, Moscow, Russia, 1936-1937
Communist party purges -- History
Add Author Livingstone, Rodney