Stalinism and Nazism: Dictatorships in Comparison

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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.
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'… [a] stimulating and thought-provoking collection.' History Today
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521563451
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2009
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Introduction: The regimes and their dictators: perspectives of comparison 1
1 Stalin and his Stalinism: power and authority in the Soviet Union, 1930-53 26
2 Bureaucracy and the Stalinist state 53
3 Cumulative radicalisation of progressive self-destruction as structural determinants of the Nazi dictatorship 75
4 'Working towards the Fuhrer': reflections on the nature of the Hitler dictatorship 88
5 Stalin in the mirror of the other 107
6 The contradictions of continuous revolution 135
7 From Blitzkrieg to total war: controversial links between image and reality 158
8 Stalin, the Red Army, and the 'Great Patriotic War' 185
9 The economics of war in the Soviet Union during World War II 208
10 From 'Great Fatherland War' to the Second World War: new perspectives and future prospects 237
11 German exceptionalism and the origins of Nazism: the career of a concept 251
12 Stalinism and the politics of post-Soviet history 285
13 Work, gender and everyday life: reflections on continuity, normality and agency in twentieth-century Germany 311
Afterthoughts 343
Index 359
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