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Stalinism and Nazism
Dictatorships in Comparison

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Ronald Suny, Moshe Lewin, Hans Mommsen, Ian Kershaw, Michael Mann, Jacques Sapir, Bernd Bonwetsch, Omer Bartov, Mary Nolan, Mark von Hagen, George Steinmetz
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  • Date Published: April 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521563451

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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.

    • Powerful team of contributors lead by Ian Kershaw who is a leading authority on Nazi Germany
    • Essays by a team of distinguished historians from USA, France, UK and Germany
    • Offers a unique comparison of Nazism and Stalinism in practice
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    • Date Published: April 1997
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521563451
    • length: 388 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.74kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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

  • Editors

    Ian Kershaw, University of Sheffield

    Moshe Lewin, University of Philadelphia


    Ronald Suny, Moshe Lewin, Hans Mommsen, Ian Kershaw, Michael Mann, Jacques Sapir, Bernd Bonwetsch, Omer Bartov, Mary Nolan, Mark von Hagen, George Steinmetz

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