Stalin's Last Struggle

Yoram Gorlizki and Oleg V. Khlevniuk

in Cold Peace

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780195165814
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788811 | DOI:
 Stalin's Last Struggle

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This chapter shows how, despite his frailties, Stalin used the XIX Party Congress as a means of exercising his dominance over the party by, among other things, restructuring “offices” and reassigning his colleagues' duties. It argues that Stalin's final offensive against Molotov and Mikoian starting in October 1952 was part of a rational bid on his part to stave off any thoughts of a succession. The attack on his Politburo colleagues was accompanied by a final lunge at a group of Jewish “doctor-murderers”.

Keywords: Stalin; socialism; XIX Party Congress; Lenin; Politburo; doctor-murderers

Chapter.  9609 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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