|Library Journal, Nov 1, 2001 v126
Enemies Within the Gates?: The Comintern and the Stalinist Repression,
Review by Robert H. Johnston.
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Chase, William J. Enemies Within the Gates?: The Comintern and the
Stalinist Repression, 1934-1939. Yale Univ. (Annals of Communism). Jan.
2002. c.505p. permanent paper. tr. by Vadim A. Staklo. index. ISBN
0-300-08242-8. $35. HIST
The extended title says it all. Part of Yale's "Annals of
Communism" series, this volume reproduces translations of original
documents from the Communist International, formerly maintained in the
Central Party Archive in Moscow, none of which was previously published. A
detailed commentary by the author and his extensive notes accompany the
documents. It was not unknown that the Comintern, like all Soviet
institutions, suffered at Stalin's hands. But the details provided by this
volume, produced by Chase (history, Univ. of Pittsburgh) in cooperation
with Russian scholars, amplify the grim tale of "idealism twisted
into carnage, of comradeship betrayed," as Stalin's NKVD furiously
hunted for spies, wreckers, and other largely imaginary enemies. No real
foe could have done greater damage. This compilation should be acquired by
every academic library and specialized collections on totalitarianism or
the former USSR.--Robert H. Johnston, McMaster Univ., Hamilton, Ont.