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Stalin’s War Cabinet: ‘Normalisation’ and Political Dynamics of the Dictatorship

Europe-Asia Studies. 2018. Vol. 70. No. 7. P. 1019-1035.

Amid the extensive literature on the Stalinist dictatorship during the 1930s and the postwar period, the gap
in scholarship on the Soviet leadership during the war years is particularly noticeable. This article fills that
gap. Stalin’s war cabinet is characterised according to several criteria: first, the formal status of members
of the leadership; second, the system of delegating authority; third, the functioning and competency of the
structure of collective leadership; and fourth, Stalin’s loyalty to his top associates and the degree of their
political immunity. The article demonstrates that the war years saw a relative ‘normalisation’ of the
dictatorship. These important changes influenced the subsequent development of the Stalinist system of
power and the evolution of Soviet authoritarianism after the dictator’s death.