Abstract

Molly Pucci: Die Sowjets im Ausland. Der NKWD und der Staatsaufbau in Ostmitteleuropa nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg, in: Jahrbuch für Historische Kommunismusforschung 2023. Berlin: Metropol Verlag, pp. 25–44.

This article tells the story of the Soviet advisors who were sent to East-Central Europe after the Second World War to establish security forces in the newly created communist states of the region. It approaches this topic through the lens of agents' biographies, placing their professional and personal lives in the broader trajectory of Soviet and European history. By focusing on the people behind the security services in East-Central Europe, it establishes a broad, transnational approach to the history of communist security institutions and terror and draws previously unexamined links between the security forces of the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc during its foundational decade. In particular it argues for a 'long history' of the Great Terror that considers not only its influence on the Soviet Union in the 1930s, but also on global communism and the communist states built in East-Central Europe into the 1940s and beyond.

Über die Autorin

Dr. Molly Pucci, Assistenzprofessorin für Europäische Geschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts am Trinity College Dublin. 2015 Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellow am Stanford Humanities Center, 2015 Promotion in Geschichte an der Stanford University; 2015–2016 Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow am Europäischen Hochschulinstitut in Florenz. 2009 MA in Russisch, Osteuropäischen und Zentralasiatischen Studien (REECA) an der Harvard University. Veröffentlichungen u. a.: Security Empire: The Secret Police in Communist Eastern Europe, New Haven 2020, ausgezeichnet mit dem Kulczycki Book Prize in Polish Studies der Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, sowie dem Oskar Halecki Prize in Polish and Central European History des Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America und dem Polly Corrigan Prize in Intelligence Studies der Intelligence and Security Group am King’s College London. Ihr aktuelles Buchprojekt wird von der Hoover Institution und der Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation unterstützt und befasst sich mit der Geschichte des Kommunismus in der Tschechoslowakei in den 1920er-Jahren, von der Komintern bis zur künstlerischen Avantgarde.

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