"A grand bloodbath" : the western reaction to Joseph Stalin's 1930s show trials as foreign policy

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Jeffrey L Achterhof (Creator)
The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW )
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Susan McCaffray

Abstract: Joseph Stalin’s show trials, held in Moscow in the 1930s, are generally regarded by many historians primarily as a domestic policy move designed to remove opposition. This is not the entire picture. The trials need to be examined as part of a foreign policy maneuver designed by Stalin as a reaction to other world events occurring at the time, including the Great Depression, the Spanish Civil War, the rise of fascism in Germany and Italy, and the threat of an increasingly militaristic Japan. In analyzing the reactions of the West, including sources such as journalists and ambassadors, the individual trials of 1936, 1937, and 1938 can be more easily seen as part of Soviet foreign policy. However, the increasing criticism and lack of support from the West ultimately led to a failure in foreign policy on the part of Joseph Stalin.

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A Thesis Submitted to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirement for the Degree of Masters of Arts
Language: English
Date: 2009
Stalin Joseph 1879-1953, Terrorism--Soviet Union, Soviet Union--Politics and government--1917-1936, Trials (Political crimes and offenses)--Europe Eastern
Stalin, Joseph, 1879-1953
Terrorism -- Soviet Union
Soviet Union -- Politics and government -- 1917-1936
Trials (Political crimes and offenses) -- Europe, Eastern

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