In the early years of the Soviet Union, the nature of the communist party was not yet fixed. The key features of the communist regime all emerged during the key period of the First Five Year plan, 1928-32. This book, based on extensive original research and making full use of the party archives, examines the party organization at the regional and local level. Focusing on the Leningrad region, the book considers party organization and structure, personnel, membership and recruitment, and explores the purges which occurred as the party fixed on the Stalinist direction it was to follow, discarding other possible ways forward.
Kookmin University, Korea