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Archives of the Terror: Developments in the Historiography of Stalin’s Purges

Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History. 2021. Vol. 22. No. 2. P. 367-385.

Historical writing on Stalin’s Terror has been extraordinarily significant and productive, reflecting broader trends in the study of Soviet history and similarly characterized by a dependence on new sources: above all, archival materials.
For obvious and well-known reasons, there was a long period of time in which the study of Soviet history relied on periodicals, memoirs, and official publications. The archives, at least the vast majority of them, opened in a
sudden avalanche. We can now establish several important outcomes of the development of historical writing on the Great Terror and identify the stages of and certain prospects for its development.