The Dictators: Hitler's Germany, Stalin's Russia

The Dictators: Hitler's Germany, Stalin's Russia

by Richard Overy, R. J. Overy

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Overview

If the past century will be remembered for its tragic pairing of civilized achievement and organized destruction, at the heart of darkness may be found Hitler, Stalin, and the systems of domination they forged. Their lethal regimes murdered millions and fought a massive, deadly war. Yet their dictatorships took shape within formal constitutional structures and drew the support of the German and Russian people.

In the first major historical work to analyze the two dictatorships together in depth, Richard Overy gives us an absorbing study of Hitler and Stalin, ranging from their private and public selves, their ascents to power and consolidation of absolute rule, to their waging of massive war and creation of far-flung empires of camps and prisons. The Nazi extermination camps and the vast Soviet Gulag represent the two dictatorships in their most inhuman form. Overy shows us the human and historical roots of these evils. 16 pages of illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393020304
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/28/2004
Pages: 848
Product dimensions: 6.44(w) x 9.52(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Richard Overy is the author of RAF, Why the Allies Won, The Battle of Britain, and The Dictators, winner of the Wolfson History Prize. He is one of our foremost authorities in modern history and military history.He is professor of history at the University of Exeter in England.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
List of Tables and Mapsxiii
Mapsxiv
Abbreviationsxxv
Prefacexxvii
Introduction: Comparing Dictatorshipsxxx
1Stalin and Hitler: Paths to Dictatorship1
2The Art of Ruling54
3Cults of Personality98
4The Party State132
5States of Terror176
6Constructing Utopia218
7The Moral Universe of Dictatorship265
8Friend and Foe: Popular Responses to Dictatorship304
9Cultural Revolutions349
10Commanding the Economy392
11Military Superpowers441
12Total War483
13Nations and Races540
14Empire of the Camps593
Conclusion: Two Dictatorships635
Bibliography653
Notes705
Index819

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ablueidol on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was brilliant to read a comparison of the two great 20th century dictators and how their regimes differed and not differ!. Its an object lesson of what happens when a previously legitimate social and political European consensus collapses. Not that I would have accepted the pre world war one consensus. I would have been in the streets fighting for social, economic and political justice. Therefore more then likely to have been amongst the first killed in both political regimes. ;-(
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