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Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
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James Harris, Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds spoke about the stream of intelligence Stalin received from the political police and other agencies engaged in the surveillance of the regime's enemies. He showed that beginning with the October revolution and the "red terror", the regime never set a solid standard of evidence against which the dimensions of the threat could be judged. By relying on "revolutionary instinct" and confessions obtained through torture instead of material evidence of a crime, Stalin and his inner circle gradually came to convince themselves that there was a vast interlocking conspiracy to overthrow it. The presentation was part of the lecture series "Stalinistischer Terror in der Sowjetunion und in Osteuropa" (Stalinist terror in the Soviet Union and in Eastern Europe).

James Harris: Stalin's Spymania and the Great Terror

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Lehrstuhl Geschichte Osteuropas der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

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