Feliks before the fall. A biographical approach to understanding Stalinism

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Abstract

This article explores the use of biography as a means of explaining the rise of Stalin. As a case study it focuses on the early life of Feliks Dzerzhinskii, founder of the Cheka, a man who seemed to embody the ambivalent nature of the transition from Leninism to Stalinism. This piece highlights the formative experiences of a figure many saw as the ideal Bolshevik and the way in which these experiences shaped the Stalinist regime.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-61
JournalThe International Newsletter of Communist Studies
VolumeXIX
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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