Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Cultivating the MassesModern State Practices and Soviet Socialism, 1914-1939$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

David L. Hoffmann

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780801446290

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801446290.001.0001

Show Summary Details

State Violence

State Violence

Chapter:
(p.238) 5 State Violence
Source:
Cultivating the Masses
Author(s):

David L. Hoffmann

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801446290.003.0006

This chapter examines excisionary violence as an attempt by Soviet officials to physically remove segments of the population deemed harmful to society in general. It first considers the origins of excisionary violence as well as the conceptual and practical prerequisites for the forms of state violence employed by the state. It then shows how the state created systems of social categorization and social excision, including concentration camps. In particular, it discusses the tsarist government's internment of roughly 600,000 “enemy aliens” and deportation of as many as one million citizens (ethnic Poles, Germans, Jews, and Muslims) from border regions in the early years of the twentieth century. The chapter also explains how the practices and instruments of state violence became part of the Soviet state's goals of reforming society.

Keywords:   excisionary violence, state violence, social categorization, social excision, concentration camps, internment, deportation

Cornell Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.