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A Century of State Murder?


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List of Tables List of Figures Preface and Acknowledgements The USSR in the Late Stalin Era The Four Great Mortality Crises in Twentieth-Century USSR-Russia Glossary and Abbreviations 1 Demography - the Social Mirror? Lies, damned lies and statistics? Murder most foul? A century of population change in Russia The mirror of society? 2 The Revolt Against Class Society 1890-1928 Mortality in Tsarist Russia The class pattern of death War and repression Revolution and the vision of the future The waning dream 3 Death and the Stalin Era 1929-53 The pressure of accumulation The total number Death and repression The determinants of the 'normal' death rate Wars The end of the Stalin Era 4 Policy, Inequalities and Death in the USSR 1953-85 Judicial death and repression Imperialism and war The pattern of normal death Explaining the patterns of death National variations within the USSR vi A Century of State Murder? 5 The End of Perestroika and the Transition Crisis of the 1990s Perestroika and the collapse of the USSR 1985-91 Shock therapy reforms of 1992 The Impact of Reforms: low pay, poverty and inequality Mistaken assumptions underlying the reform programme 6 'Normal' deaths During the First Decade of Transition Unprecedented peacetime mortality Why so many deaths? Key factors of mortality decline 7 Yeltsin, Putin and 'Abnormal' Deaths 1992-2002 Collective violence and 'intentional' deaths Political crisis and civil unrest Death and disease in prisons Torture and state executions The war in Chechnya 8 Conclusion Class inequality and a 'quiet violence' A century of state murder Appendix: Basic Data on the Prison Camp System under Stalin Notes Bibliography Index

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Mike Haynes lectures in economic history at the University of Wolverhampton. Rumy Husan lectures on the transition economies with reference to emerging economies at the University of Leeds.


"The issue of 'mass murder' is creeping higher and higher up the agenda and, not least in connection with the mounting tide of anti-globalization, and this book is exactly on the button as far as this expanding area of controversy is concerned" Professor Andrew Reeve (Warwick University)

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