Includes bibliographical references (p. -468) and index.
Foreword / by Daniel Brower -- Pt. 1. The background. Introduction - The nature and significance of the Smolensk Archive ; Smolensk - land, people, and history -- Pt. 2. The pattern of controls. The Smolensk Party organization - a history of growth and crisis ; Party organization and controls at the Oblast level ; Governmental organization and problems of the Oblast ; The role of the Raion in the Soviet control system ; Belyi - a case study of a Raion Party organization ; Control at the grass roots - the outposts of authority in the villages ; The organs of state security ; The machinery of justice - the procuracy and the courts -- Pt. 3. The impact of authority. Crime in Smolensk - out of the police records ; Purges and people ; The story of collectivization ; Life on the Kolkhozes - some extracts from reports ; The MTS - spearhead of control ; The state farms - problems of control and management ; The grievances of industrial workers ; The party and the armed forces ; Party controls and higher education ; Censorship - a documented record ; The right of petition - letters to the press and party headquarters ; The Komsomals ; The godly and the godless ; Conclusion - Smolensk as a mirror of Soviet reality -- Glossary.