The "Special" World

Stalin’s Power Apparatus and the Soviet System’s Secret Structures of Communication

Niels Erik Rosenfeldt


Niels Erik Rosenfeldt

Distributed for Museum Tusculanum Press

1,153 pages | 2 volume set | 6 3/4 x 9 3/4 | © 2009
Cloth $130.00 ISBN: 9788763507738 Published January 2009 NFS UK, IRELAND, AND SCANDINAVIA
This groundbreaking two-volume study offers a comprehensive examination of some of the most secret structures of Soviet society–and in particular of Stalin’s power and control mechaninsms. Having gained personal access to formerly closed archives in the 1990s–partly opened in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union but subsequently subject to restricted access due to the new Russian leadership–Niels Erik Rosenfeldt presents a detailed description of the principles and procedures for secrecy in the Soviet System of the 1920s. Leaving no stone unturned, Rosenfeldt investigates and discloses a labyrinthine development of Stalin’s secret chancellery–the “Secret Department,” the “Special Sector”–from the early 1920s to the death of Stalin in 1953.
Volume I
Translator’s note
I. Introduction
Previous studies
    The present challenge
    General problems
    A question of information
II. Secrecy: Principles and Procedures
The general significance of "conspiracy"
    The bureaucratic system
    Basic characteristics of the secret system
III. The Top of the Pyramid
The background
    The secret Party chancellery: identifying the object of research
    New sources and problems of interpretation
    Stalin and the secret apparatus
    The basic service apparatus
    The Secretary General’s men and women
    The secret apparatus seen from inside
    The Information Bureau
    Control of cadres
    The key features of the secret chancellery
IV. New Bureaucratic Constellations
Unrest in the secret apparatus
    Mobilisation preparedness and consolidation of the "rear"
    Mobilisation preparedness and the Communist Party’s secret apparatus
    A "special" Party office?
V. The Special Sector and its Sister Institutions
The prelude
    The Special Sector in action
    The internal structure of the Special Sector
    The Organisation Bureau’s technical secretariat
    The Bureau of International Information—and the institutional context
    The secret Party apparatus and the organisation of the Terror
    Old and new faces
    Changes in the secret apparatus
    The red threads
VI. Patterns in the Decision-Making Process
The framework
    The decision-making
    The government apparatus versus the Special Sector: developments
    The government apparatus versus the Special Sector: endgame
    The overall picture

Volume 2
VII. Special Departments and Other Special Organs at the Headquarters of the State Security Service
The Special Department for coded communications and secret administration
    The First Special Department
    The Second Special Department (for operative techniques) and the Fourth Special Department (for laboratories)
    Other special departments
    Other "special" apparatuses
    The position of the special departments
    A related apparatus: the state security service’s First Department (the Special Section)
    The total complex
VIII. The Comintern’s Secret Apparatus
The basic rules for conspiracy
    Central chancellery functions at Comintern headquarters
    The secret international communications apparatus
    The "Secret Department" and the "Special Department"
    Basic features of the Comintern’s secret apparatus
The Central Structures
The "Special" List
Summary in Danish
Bibliography and Bibliographic Addendum
List of Abbreviations
Index of Names
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