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Andrew FowlerFollow

Major

Political Science

Anticipated Graduation Year

2020

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Open Access

Abstract

The Great Terror is one of the most significant events concerning the oppression of the Russian people during Stalin’s rule. This project goes beyond the statistics by collecting and analyzing letters written by political prisoners to understand the effects on individuals, families, and society. Drawing on letters from the late 1920s through the end of the Great Terror in 1939, I connect the stories of individuals to broader trends in Stalin’s long-term strategy of political repression.

Faculty Mentors & Instructors

Dr. Olga Avdeyeva

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Mechanisms of Repression Under Stalin

The Great Terror is one of the most significant events concerning the oppression of the Russian people during Stalin’s rule. This project goes beyond the statistics by collecting and analyzing letters written by political prisoners to understand the effects on individuals, families, and society. Drawing on letters from the late 1920s through the end of the Great Terror in 1939, I connect the stories of individuals to broader trends in Stalin’s long-term strategy of political repression.