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Subversion in the Red Army and the Military Purge of 1937–1938

Whitewood, Peter (2015) Subversion in the Red Army and the Military Purge of 1937–1938. Europe-Asia Studies, 67 (1). pp. 102-122.

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Stalin's purge of his military elite during 1937–1938 is one of the most unusual events of the Great Terror. Why would Stalin execute his most qualified officers at the same time as defence spending was rising and a world war was approaching? This article argues that a long history of the Red Army being perceived as vulnerable to subversion is central to understanding this military purge. When faced with perceived plots in the military Stalin tended to lean towards restraint, but by 1937 he felt he could no longer hesitate, and finally cracked down on what he saw as a compromised army.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09668136.2014.990708
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
School/Department: School of Humanities
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/1585

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