The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Politburo (1992) is the definitive history and political analysis of this institution. Extensive use of new Soviet sources permitted the authors to provide a comprehensive analysis of the way in which the Politburo operated and a sociological examination of its membership. The history of the Politburo is presented in a lucid and rigorous account that charts its development from creation by Lenin in 1919 to sidetracking by Gorbachev in 1990: an organization that, as the authors state, ‘subjected the whole of the USSR to its ruthless dictatorship, but itself bowed time and again to the leader of its own making’.

part |124 pages

Part I

chapter 1|8 pages

Inner Circle — The Central Committee's Russian Branch

Origins of the Politburo

chapter 2|10 pages

Not a Debating Club

The Politburo Under Lenin

chapter 3|24 pages

The Entourage of the Leader

The Politburo Under Stalin

chapter 4|14 pages

The Era of Conspiracies

The Presidium Under Khrushchev

chapter 5|14 pages

Stability of Cadres

The Politburo Under Brezhnev, Andropov and Chernenko

chapter 6|12 pages


The Politburo Under Gorbachev

chapter 7|40 pages

The Politburo at Work

Mode of Operation

part |104 pages

Part II

chapter 8|34 pages

The Politburo Dissected


chapter 10|60 pages

Politburo Background List 1919 - 1990