Cover Osteuropa 8-9/2011

In Osteuropa 8-9/2011

Mobilisation Dictatorship in War
Stalinist Rule in Besieged Leningrad

Jörg Ganzenmüller

Deutsche Fassung


The Soviet leadership assessed the victory over Nazi Germany as proof of the superiority of its social order. Western researchers saw the reason for the Soviet population’s readiness to make sacrifices in patriotism and a temporary political liberalisation. But even during the state of emergency in besieged Leningrad, there was no “breathing spell”. Stalinist rule and the mechanisms of political and economic mobilisation remained in place. Even political repression continued.

(Osteuropa 8-9/2011, pp. 117–134)