The opening of the Stasi archives in 1989 revealed the existence of denunciation and informing in police states, but such practices have long been known. This is an exploration of denunciation and informing in Europe in the two centuries between the French Revolution and the fall of the Berlin Wall. The contributors to this study offer a comparative treatment which has particular relevance to the historical anthropology of everyday practices and debates on totalitarianism.
Introduction to the Practices of Denunciation in Modern European History Sheila Fitzpatrick, Robert Gellately. The Theory and Practice of Denunciation in the French Revolution Colin Lucas A Culture of Denunciation: Peasant Labor Migration and Religious Anathematization in Rural Russia, 1860-1905 Jeffrey Burds Denunciation as a Tool of Ecclesiastical Control: The Case of Roman Catholic Modernism Gary Lease Signals from Below: Soviet Letters of Denunciation of the 1930s Sheila Fitzpatrick Denunciation and Its Functions in Soviet Governance: A Study of Denunciations and Their Bureaucratic Handling from Soviet Police Archives, 1944-1953 Vladimir A. Kozlov The Uses of Volksgemeinschaft: Letters to the NSDAP Kreisleitung Eisenach, 1939-1940 John Connelly Denunciations in Twentieth-Century Germany: Aspects of Self-Policing in the Third Reich and the German Democratic Republic Robert Gellately Index Contributors