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Stalinism and Nazism : Dictatorships in Comparison - Ian Kershaw

Stalinism and Nazism

Dictatorships in Comparison

By: Ian Kershaw (Editor), Moshe Lewin (Editor)

Paperback Published: 14th July 1997
ISBN: 9780521565219
Number Of Pages: 384

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The internationally distinguished contributors to this landmark volume represent a variety of approaches to the Nazi and Stalinist regimes. These far-reaching essays provide the raw materials towards a comparative analysis and offer the means to deepen and extend research in the field. The first section highlights similarities and differences in the leadership cults at the heart of the dictatorships. The second section moves to the 'war machines' engaged in the titanic clash of the regimes between 1941 and 1945. A final section surveys the shifting interpretations of successor societies as they have faced up to the legacy of the past. Combined, the essays presented here offer unique perspectives on the most violent and inhumane epoch in modern European history.

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Preface
Introduction: the regimes and their dictators: perspectives of comparison
The Two Dictatorships
Stalin and his Stalinism: power and authority in the Soviet Union 1930-1953
Bureaucracy and the Stalinist state
Cumulative radicalisation and progressive self-destruction: structural determinants of the Nazi dictatorship
'Working towards the FÃ1/4hrer': reflections on the nature of the Hitler dictatorship
The contradictions of continuous revolution
The War Machines
The economics of war in the Soviet Union during World War II
Stalin, the Red Army, and the great patriotic war
From Blitzkrieg to total war: controversial links between image and reality
The Big Debates
Work, gender and everyday life: reflections on continuity, normality and agency in twentieth century Germany
From 'Great Fatherland War' to the Second World War: new perspectives and future prospects
German exceptionalism and the origins of Nazism in the career of a concept
Stalinism and the politics of post-Soviet history
Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780521565219
ISBN-10: 0521565219
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 14th July 1997
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.84 x 15.24  x 2.18
Weight (kg): 0.54

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Ian Kershaw

About the Author


Ian Kershaw is Professor of Modern history at the University of Sheffield. For services to history he was given the German award of the Federal Cross of Merit in 1994. he was knighted in 2002 and awarded the Norton Medlicott Medal by the Historical Association in 2004. He was historical advisor to three BBC series: The Nazis: A Warning From History, War of the Century and Auschwitz.

His most recent books are Hitler 1889-1936: Hubris and 1936-1945: Nemesis, which received the Wolfson Literary Award for History and the Bruno Kreisky Prize in Austria for the Political Book of the Year, and was joint winner of the inaugural British Academy Book Prize; Making Friends with Hitler: Lord Londonberry and Britain's Road to War, which won the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography in 2005; and Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions that Changed the World, 1940-1941.

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