Stalinism and Nazism: Dictatorships in Comparison

Stalinism and Nazism: Dictatorships in Comparison

by Ian Kershaw
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521563453

ISBN-13: 9780521563451

Pub. Date: 03/28/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

An internationally distinguished team of historians of Nazism and Stalinism provide a summary of the most up-to-date research and offer new perspectives on issues linking the two most terrible dictatorships of modernity. Three selected themes are explored: the leadership cults of Hitler and Stalin; the 'war machines' engaged in the deadly clash of 1941 to 1945; and…  See more details below

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An internationally distinguished team of historians of Nazism and Stalinism provide a summary of the most up-to-date research and offer new perspectives on issues linking the two most terrible dictatorships of modernity. Three selected themes are explored: the leadership cults of Hitler and Stalin; the 'war machines' engaged in the deadly clash of 1941 to 1945; and the ways in which interpretations of the past have shifted in Germany and Russia since the demise of the dictatorships.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521563451
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2009
Pages:
388
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Preface
Introduction: The regimes and their dictators: perspectives of comparison1
1Stalin and his Stalinism: power and authority in the Soviet Union, 1930-5326
2Bureaucracy and the Stalinist state53
3Cumulative radicalisation of progressive self-destruction as structural determinants of the Nazi dictatorship75
4'Working towards the Fuhrer': reflections on the nature of the Hitler dictatorship88
5Stalin in the mirror of the other107
6The contradictions of continuous revolution135
7From Blitzkrieg to total war: controversial links between image and reality158
8Stalin, the Red Army, and the 'Great Patriotic War'185
9The economics of war in the Soviet Union during World War II208
10From 'Great Fatherland War' to the Second World War: new perspectives and future prospects237
11German exceptionalism and the origins of Nazism: the career of a concept251
12Stalinism and the politics of post-Soviet history285
13Work, gender and everyday life: reflections on continuity, normality and agency in twentieth-century Germany311
Afterthoughts343
Index359

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