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The Dictators Hitler's Germany, Stalin's Russia (Hardcover)

Author:  Richard Overy
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 1568527047
ISBN-13: 9781568527048
Sku: 211094821
Publish Date: 5/8/2009
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.5H x 6.5L x 2.5T
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This magisterial study of the two major totalitarian systems of the 20th century draws on the author's prodigious learning and employs a somewhat new approach to historiography. Previously, historians tended to study Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia separately, the idea being that what they had in common was that each was sui generis, of its own kind. Overy's comparative approach seeks out their common origins in post-World War I Europe, and examines the similarity in their appeals to the masses and their exploitation of unrest and resentment. He lays out their political, social, and economic structures, including the aspects of modernity which helped turn two nations into war machines and states of terror. Through all, Overy specifically attends to the lives of the people, and brings out unequivocably the overwhelming horrors of both Hitler and Stalin.


New York Times Book Review
"[A]n impressive, closely argued comparative study of Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia." - William Grimes 10/20/2004

New Republic
"[T]he straightforward matter-of-fact manner in which Overy lays out the structure of two spectacularly horrifying systems cannot help but lead a reader back to questions about human nature and human evil." 12/27/2004

Times Literary Supplement
"[Overy's] book--and this is one of its great strengths--reflects in abundant detail the most recent and innovatory research into the texture of social relations and the interactions between society and politics in each regime. Although he disclaims any ambition to present a narrative history of Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia, he packs an astonishing amount of vividly told information into this volume, including much that will be new to non-specialists." - Jane Caplan 10/22/2004

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