Modern Tyrants: The Power and Prevalence of Evil in Our Age / Edition 1

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Overview

Along with its much vaunted progress in scientific and economic realms, the twentieth century has witnessed the rise of the most brutal and oppressive regimes in the history of humankind. Even with the collapse of Marxism, current instances of "ethnic cleansing" remind us that tyranny persists in our own age and shows no sign of abating. Daniel Chirot offers an important and timely study of modern tyrants, both revealing the forces that allow them to come to power and helping us to predict where they may arise in the future.

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Editorial Reviews

Journal of Democracy
Chirot's insightful book looks squarely at radical evil ... and warns us of the array of new onslaughts against democratic values and governments that are to be expected from various quarters, most often in the name of some collective identity or self-styled expression of community.
— Vladimir Tismaneanu
The Washington Times
Chirot's approach is both useful and unusual, as it isn't driven by ideology.... His book should be of lasting value as a quick reference to many of the worst regimes of our century.... Chirot's conclusions ... [are] clearly stated and intelligent.
— Peter A. Jay
Journal of Democracy - Vladimir Tismaneanu
Chirot's insightful book looks squarely at radical evil ... and warns us of the array of new onslaughts against democratic values and governments that are to be expected from various quarters, most often in the name of some collective identity or self-styled expression of community.
The Washington Times - Peter A. Jay
Chirot's approach is both useful and unusual, as it isn't driven by ideology.... His book should be of lasting value as a quick reference to many of the worst regimes of our century.... Chirot's conclusions ... [are] clearly stated and intelligent.
From the Publisher
"Chirot's insightful book looks squarely at radical evil ... and warns us of the array of new onslaughts against democratic values and governments that are to be expected from various quarters, most often in the name of some collective identity or self-styled expression of community."—Vladimir Tismaneanu, Journal of Democracy

"Chirot's classification scheme for understanding modern tyrannies makes this survey a valuable sourcebook on dictatorships.... A disquieting and ominous road map of the twentieth century's political horrors."—Publishers Weekly

"Chirot's approach is both useful and unusual, as it isn't driven by ideology.... His book should be of lasting value as a quick reference to many of the worst regimes of our century.... Chirot's conclusions ... [are] clearly stated and intelligent."—Peter A. Jay, The Washington Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691027777
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 510
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 On Modern Tyranny 1
2 Moderation Abandoned 25
3 In the Beginning Was the Word 71
4 Death, Lies, and Decay 121
5 A Typological Map of Tyranny 167
6 Imagined Egalitarian Hells: Maoism and the Khmer Rouge 175
7 Little Stalins? Socialist Corporatism at the Service of the Nation and the Leader 231
8 Little Hitlers? Elite Fantasies in Argentina and Iraq, and Their Realization 267
9 An Inadvertent Catastrophe: Burma's Confrontation with Colonialism, Modern Nationalism, and Ne Win 309
10 Race aud Corruption on the Island of Hispaniola: Two Caribbean Nightmares 341
11 Colonialism, Resentment, and Chaos: Two African Studies 373
12 Some Propositions, Lessons, and Predictions about Tyranny 403
Notes 429
Bibliography 457
Index 479
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