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Author Cohn, Edward, author

Title The high title of a Communist : postwar party discipline and the values of the Soviet regime / Edward Cohn, Assistant Professor of History, Grinnell College
Edition First edition
Published DeKalb, IL : Northern Illinois University Press, [2015]


Description 1 online resource
Contents The Communist Party and its system of internal discipline in the postwar years -- The last purge ; the expulsion of POWs and Communists who lived on occupied territory -- De-Stalinizing party discipline ; purging and politics in postwar expulsion cases -- Policing the party : corruption, administrative misconduct, and control from above in postwar party discipline -- Sex and the married communist : family troubles and marital ifidelity in the postwar Communist Party -- "We talk a lot, but take very few measures" : the party's struggle with drunkenness among it members
Summary Between 1945 and 1964, six to seven million members of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union were investigated for misconduct by local party organizations and then reprimanded, demoted from full party membership, or expelled. Party leaders viewed these investigations as a form of moral education and used humiliating public hearings to discipline wrongdoers and send all Soviet citizens a message about how Communists should behave. The High Title of a Communist is the first study of the Communist Party's internal disciplinary system in the decades following World War II.Edward Cohn uses the practices of expulsion and censure as a window into how the postwar regime defined the ideal Communist and the ideal Soviet citizen. As the regime grappled with a postwar economic crisis and evolved from a revolutionary prewar government into a more bureaucratic postwar state, the Communist Party revised its informal behavioral code, shifting from a more limited and literal set of rules about a party member's role in the economy to a more activist vision that encompassed all spheres of life. The postwar Soviet regime became less concerned with the ideological orthodoxy and political loyalty of party members, and more interested in how Communists treated their wives, raised their children, and handled their liquor. Soviet power, in other words, became less repressive and more intrusive. Cohn uses previously untapped archival sources and avoids a narrow focus on life in Moscow and Leningrad, combining rich local materials from several Russian provinces with materials from throughout the USSR. The High Title of a Communist paints a vivid portrait of the USSR's postwar era that will help scholars and students understand both the history of the Soviet Union's postwar elite and the changing values of the Soviet regime. In the end, it shows, the regime failed in its efforts to enforce a clear set of behavioral standards for its Communists--a failure that would threaten the party's legitimacy in the USSR's final days
Analysis Communist Party, expelled Party membership, Russian provinces, investigated for misconduct in Soviet Union
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Print version record
Subject Kommunisticheskai︠a︡ partii︠a︡ Sovetskogo Soi︠u︡za -- Discipline -- History
SUBJECT Kommunisticheskai︠a︡ partii︠a︡ Sovetskogo Soi︠u︡za. fast (OCoLC)fst00549733
Kommunističeskaja Partija Sovetskogo Sojuza gnd
Sovetskaja Associacija Meždunarodnogo Prava gnd
Subject Party discipline -- Soviet Union
Kommunisticheskai︠a︡ partii︠a︡ Sovetskogo Soi︠u︡za -- Purges
HISTORY / Russia & the Former Soviet Union.
Party discipline.
Politiska utrensningar.
Soviet Union.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1609091795