Stalinism and Nazism: Dictatorships in Comparison

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Overview

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

Preface; Introduction: the regimes and their dictators: perspectives of comparison; Part I. The Two Dictatorships: 1. Stalin and his Stalinism: power and authority in the Soviet Union 1930–1953 Ronal Suny; 2. Bureaucracy and the Stalinist state Moshe Lewin; 3. Cumulative radicalisation and progressive self-destruction: structural determinants of the Nazi dictatorship Hans Mommsen; 4. 'Working towards the Führer': reflections on the nature of the Hitler dictatorship Ian Kershaw; 5. The contradictions of continuous revolution Michael Mann; Part II. The War Machines: 6. The economics of war in the Soviet Union during World War II Jacques Sapir; 7. Stalin, the Red Army, and the great patriotic war Bern Bonwetsch; 8. From Blitzkrieg to total war: controversial links between image and reality Omer Bartov; Part III. The Big Debates: 9. Work, gender and everyday life: reflections on continuity, normality and agency in twentieth century Germany Mary Nolan; 10. From 'Great Fatherland War' to the Second World War: new perspectives and future prospects Mark von Hagen; 11. German exceptionalism and the origins of Nazism in the career of a concept George Steinmetz; 12. Stalinism and the politics of post-Soviet history Mark von Hagen; Conclusion.

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