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Soviet Criminal Justice Under Stalin

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ISBN13: 9780521564519
ISBN: 0521564514
Published: June 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £39.99



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Soviet Criminal Justice Under Stalin is the first comprehensive account of Stalin's struggle to make criminal law in the USSR a reliable instrument of rule. Using recently declassified archives, Peter Solomon tells the revealing story of non-political justice, on the local scene as well as in the center. Contrary to conventional wisdom, Solomon emphasizes the initial weakness of the Soviet state and the limits of Stalin's capacity to rule. Solomon's study also offers new perspectives on collectivization, the Great Terror, the politics of abortion, and the disciplining of the labour force. This book should appeal to anyone interested in the political, social, or legal history of the USSR, judicial reform in post-Soviet states, law in authoritarian regimes, or comparative legal development.

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Subjects:
Other Jurisdictions , Russian Federation
Contents:
Introduction
Part I. The First Phase:
1. The design of an experiment
2. Criminal justice under NEP
Part II. The Years of Collectivization:
3. Campaign justice
4. The decline of legality
Part III. The Conservative Shift:
5. The return to tradition: Vyshinsky and legal order
6. Stalin's criminal policy: from tradition to excess
7. Criminal justice and the great terror
8. The reconstruction of criminal justice
9. Preparing for war: the criminalization of labour infractions
Part IV. The Stalinist Synthesis:
10. Moulding legal officials for careers
11. The dynamics of Stalinist justice: bureaucratic and political pressures on legal officials
12. The distortion and limits of criminal policy
Conclusion.