Dismantling Tyranny

Overview

When a totalitarian group seizes power, one of the first institutions it creates is a secret political police. Since the birth of modern totalitarianism, in country after country, secret political police have been the predominant instruments of power, used to consolidate power, neutralize the opposition, and erect a one-party state. Yet, when these same totalitarian regimes have liberalized or collapsed, the secret political police have often managed to survive and even remain relevant. Dismantling Tyranny: ...
See more details below
Paperback (ANN)
$26.77
BN.com price
(Save 4%)$27.95 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (6) from $27.55   
  • New (6) from $27.55   
Sending request ...

Overview

When a totalitarian group seizes power, one of the first institutions it creates is a secret political police. Since the birth of modern totalitarianism, in country after country, secret political police have been the predominant instruments of power, used to consolidate power, neutralize the opposition, and erect a one-party state. Yet, when these same totalitarian regimes have liberalized or collapsed, the secret political police have often managed to survive and even remain relevant. Dismantling Tyranny: Transitioning Beyond Totalitarian Regimes provides a groundbreaking exploration of this survival tendency in seven formerly communist regimes in the former Soviet Union and Latin America - and the lessons these transformations hold for future democratic revolutions. But Dismantling Tyranny is also much more: it is a guidebook designed to empower, inform, and guide future transitions toward democracy for those political leaders with the initiative, and courage, to embark upon such a visionary path. Published in cooperation with the American Foreign Policy Council.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Georgie Anne Geyer
... a most interesting book.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742549036
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2005
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 0.44 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ilan Berman is the vice president for policy at the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington, D.C., where he directs the Eurasia program. He is an adjunct professor at American University, where he teaches international law and international security, and is a member of the Committe on the Present Danger. He has consulted for the CIA and the Pentagon. He is an expert on regional security and foreign policy in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Russian Federation. Berman is the author of Tehran Rising: Iran's Challenge to the United States (2005). Dr. J. Michael Waller is the Walter and Lenore Annenberg Professor of International Communication at the Institute of World Politics. He is a founding editor of Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization. He has consulted for the U.S. Information Agency, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He is the author of Secret Empire: The KGB in Russia Today.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Part 1 Preface Part 2 Introduction: The Centrality of the Secret Police Chapter 3 Russia: Death and Resurrection of the KGB Chapter 4 Czech Republic: Cui Bono, Cui Podest? Chapter 5 East Germany: The Stasi and De-Stasification Chapter 6 Estonia: Toward Post-Communist Reconstruction Chapter 7 Lithuania: A Problem of Disclosure Chapter 8 Nicaragua: Tropical Chekists Chapter 9 Poland: Continuity and Change Chapter 10 Conclusion: Past as Prologue
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)