Stalin and His Hangmen: The Tyrant and Those Who Killed for Him - Donald Rayfield 

Stalin and His Hangmen: The Tyrant and Those Who Killed for Him - Donald Rayfield (2005)

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

CHRONOLOGY

PREFACE

Part I. THE LONG ROAD TO POWER

Chapter 1. Childhood and Family

Chapter 2. Being Georgian

Chapter 3. Stalin as a Thinker

Chapter 4. Political Initiation

Chapter 5. Prison and Exile

Chapter 6. The Lone Sadist

Part II. STALIN, DZIERZYNSKI, AND THE CHEKA

Chapter 7. Prelude to Power

Chapter 8. Feliks Dzierzynski: The First Forty Years

Chapter 9. The Extraordinary Commission

Chapter 10. Poles, Latvians, and Jews

Chapter 11. The Chekist as Intellectual and Organizer

Chapter 12. Stalin and Dzierzynski in Tandem

Chapter 13. From Cheka to State Political Directorate

Part III. THE EXQUISITE INQUISITOR

Chapter 14. A False Dawn

Chapter 15. Viacheslav Menzhinsky’s Belated Rise

Chapter 16. Repressing Peasants and Intellectuals

Chapter 17. Control of the Church

Chapter 18. Stalin’s Struggle for Sole Control

Chapter 19. A New Role for OGPU

Part IV. STALIN SOLO

Chapter 20. Clearing the Terrain

Chapter 21. The First Show Trials

Chapter 22. Bringing the Writers to Heel

Chapter 23. Operations Abroad

Chapter 24. Enslaving the Peasantry

Chapter 25. The Peasantry: The Final Solution

Part V. IAGODA’S RISE

Chapter 26. Toward Sole Dictatorship

Chapter 27. Bringing Up a Guard Dog

Chapter 28. The Trophy Writer

Chapter 29. Fellow Travelers Abroad and Dissent at Home

Chapter 30. From Unity to Uniformity

Part VI. MURDERING THE OLD GUARD

Chapter 31. The Killing of Sergei Kirov

Chapter 32. Removing Zinoviev and Kamenev

Chapter 33. Hitler’s Lessons

Chapter 34. Women and Children

Chapter 35. Pigs in the Parlor, Peacocks on Parade

Chapter 36. Iagoda’s Fall

Chapter 37. Monolithic Power

Part VII. THE EZHOV BLOODBATH

Chapter 38. The Birth of the Great Terror

Chapter 39. How the Hedgehog Got Its Prickles

Chapter 40. Purging of the Guard

Chapter 41. Targets for Extermination

Chapter 42. The Last Show Trials

Chapter 43. Disarming the Army

Chapter 44. Martyrdom for Poets

Chapter 45. Disposing of Ezhov

Part VIII. THE RISE OF LAVRENTI BERIA

Chapter 46. Why Beria?

Chapter 47. Beria in the Caucasus

Chapter 48. Beria as Satrap

Chapter 49. Mopping Up After Ezhov

Chapter 50. The Last of the Intellectuals

Chapter 51. Ethnic Cleansing

Chapter 52. The Katyn Massacres

Chapter 53. Trotsky’s End

Part IX. HANGMEN AT WAR

Chapter 54. “Brothers, Sisters!”

Chapter 55. Beria Shares Power

Chapter 56. Evacuation, Deportation, and Genocide

Chapter 57. Prisoners of War

Chapter 58. Liberating Europe

Chapter 59. The Scent of Freedom

Part X. THE GRATIFICATION OF CRUELTY

Chapter 60. Senescence

Chapter 61. Exploding the Bomb

Chapter 62. Crushing the Last of the Literati

Chapter 63. Jews and Cosmopolitans

Chapter 64. Vengeance on Leningrad

Chapter 65. Stalin’s End

Chapter 66. Beria’s Hundred Days

Chapter 67. The Hangmen’s End

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