Abstract

In place of what actually existed -a still industrializing country with very many workers living in privation, a peasantry in a new enserfment, a huge caste of slave laborers in concentration camps, a priviledged service nobility living in relative luxury minus security of tenure, a similarly insecure court circle at the top functioning at the pleasure of a new tsar-autocrat, a heavily terrorized society honeycombed with police informers, in which an overheard careless word or anecdote was a potential ticket to hell -Stalinist culture depicted a democratic Soviet Russia whose nonantagonistic classes of workers and peasants and intelligentsia "stratum" lived in amity, a socialist Russia moving toward the further stage of full communism under an adored Stalin's leadership.

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