In this Book

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In this volume Europe’s leading modern historians offer new insights into two totalitarian regimes of the twentieth century that have profoundly affected world history—Nazi Germany and the Stalinist Soviet Union. Until now historians have paid more attention to the similarities between these two regimes than to their differences. Stalinism and Nazism explores the difficult relationship between the history and memory of the traumas inflicted by Nazi and Soviet occupation in several Eastern European countries in the twentieth century.
 
The first part of the volume explores the origins, nature, and organization of Hitler’s and Stalin’s dictatorial power, the manipulation of violence by the state systems, and the comparative power of the dictator’s personal will and the encompassing totalitarian system. The second part examines the legacies of the Nazi and Stalinist regimes in Eastern European countries that experienced both. Stalinism and Nazism features the latest critical perspectives on two of the most influential and deadly political regimes in modern history.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. Introduction to the English-Language Edition: The Politics of History and Memory in France in the 1990s
  2. pp. ix-xxvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-22
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  1. Part 1. A Historical Comparison
  2. pp. 23-24
  1. Presentation
  2. pp. 25-28
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  1. Stalin’s System during the 1930s
  2. pp. 29-55
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  1. Charisma and Radicalism in the Nazi Regime
  2. pp. 56-72
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  1. Strategies of Violence in the Stalinist USSR
  2. pp. 73-95
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  1. The Congenital Violence of Nazism
  2. pp. 96-110
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  1. Forms of Autonomy in “Socialist Society”
  2. pp. 111-141
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  1. Nazi Regime and German Society: The Prisms of Acceptance
  2. pp. 142-154
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  1. Part 2. The Wages of Memory in Formerly Communist Eastern Europe
  2. pp. 155-156
  1. Fascism and Communism in Romania: The Comparative Stakes and Uses
  2. pp. 157-193
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  1. Historians and the Political Stakes of the Past in Hungary
  2. pp. 194-217
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  1. Managing the Past in Bulgaria
  2. pp. 218-241
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  1. Nazism and Communism in Polish Experience and Memory
  2. pp. 242-261
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  1. An Archive’s Revolution and the Rewriting of History
  2. pp. 262-280
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  1. Part 3. Commentaries
  2. pp. 281-282
  1. Beyond History and Memory
  2. pp. 283-295
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  1. Postscript on the Ideas of Totalitarianism and of the “Communist Regime”
  2. pp. 296-306
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 307-324
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780803204171
MARC Record
OCLC
56713603
Pages
325
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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