Terror and Communist Politics: The Rise of the Secret Police in Communist States

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Terror and Communist Politics: The Rise of the Secret Police in Communist States

Edited by Jonathan R. Adelman
Westview Press, 1984
292 pp. $25.00
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On the theory that too little academic attention has been paid to terror and repression in communist systems, a group of specialists contributes a series of case studies on the Soviet Union and four East European states, which conform to a rough general pattern, plus two dissimilar and less relevant essays on China and Cambodia. The book brings together useful information and adds some speculation on what theories fit the facts. As the editor says, much work remains to be done.