Ritual of Liquidation: The Case of the Moscow Trials

By Nathan C. Leites; Elsa Bernaut | Go to book overview

Contents
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Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction3
1. The Problem9
PART I -- CAPITULATION
2. The Battle of Forecasts27
3. The Impact of Powerlessness42
4. The Rescue that Destroys51
NOTE TO CHAPTER 4: HYPOTHESES ABOUT A TYPE OF RUSSIAN FAMILY73
PART II -- CONFESSION
SECTION ONE: MOTIVES OF CONFESSION81
5. The Unimportance of Emotional Relief82
6. The Last Service to the Party85
7. Reunion with the Party93
8. Identification with the Attacker97
9. Triumph in Self-Liquidation104
SECTION TWO: MODES OF CONFESSION111
10. The End Is in the Beginning113
11. The Irrelevance of Motives143
NOTE TO CHAPTER 11: "OBJECTIVELY . . ."166
12. Predicting Is Preferring176
13. The Equivalence of Means182
NOTE TO CHAPTER 13: THE IMAGE OF CONSPIRACY: MYTH AND REALITY204
14. The Talion Law Against the Self221

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