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Lenin, Stalin And Hitler

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ISBN: 9780712603577    Publisher: Random House Year of publishing: 2008     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 720        Language: English
This remarkably ambitious book tells the story of the great social and political catastrophe that enveloped Europe between 1914 and 1945. In a period of almost continuous upheaval society was transformed...Read more
This remarkably ambitious book tells the story of the great social and political catastrophe that enveloped Europe between 1914 and 1945. In a period of almost continuous upheaval society was transformed by two world wars, the Russian Revolution, the Holocaust and the rise and fall of theThird Reich.Combining a powerful narrative with profound analysis, acclaimed historian Robert Gellately argues that these tragedies are inextricably linked and that to consider them as discrete events is to misunderstand their genesis and character.

Central, of course, to the catastrophe were the dictators Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler and this book makes unprecedented use of recently opened Russian and German sources to explain how their pursuit of utopian - and dreadfully flawed - ideals led only to dystopian nightmare.In a groundbreaking work Robert Gellately makes clear that most comparative studies of the Soviet and Nazi dictatorships are undermined by neglecting the key importance of Lenins role.

The author rejects the myth of the 'good' Lenin and demonstrates his centrality in the unfolding drama. The bookprovides a powerful social-historical account of all three dictatorships and carefully documents their similarities and differences. It traces the escalation of conflicts between Communism and Nazism and shows how the vicious rivalry between Stalin and Hitler led inescapably to a war of annihilation and genocide. The reverberations of this gargantuan struggle are felt everywhere to this day.
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About the author: Robert Gellately
Robert Gellately is the Earl Ray Beck Professor of History at Florida State University and recently was the Bertelsmann Visiting Professor of Twentieth... Read more
Robert Gellately is the Earl Ray Beck Professor of History at Florida State University and recently was the Bertelsmann Visiting Professor of Twentieth Century Jewish Politics and History at Oxford University. He is the author of 'The Gestapo and German Society: Enforcing Racial Policy, 1933--1945' and 'Backing Hitler: Consent and Coercion in Nazi Germany'. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.
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Review:
A book that is both sensible and sophisticated, scholarly and very readable" -- Simon Sebag Montefiore "Gellately sets a high standard... Lucid prose and vivid examples make the book admirably...Read more
A book that is both sensible and sophisticated, scholarly and very readable" -- Simon Sebag Montefiore "Gellately sets a high standard... Lucid prose and vivid examples make the book admirably accessible to non-specialists... it also engages expertly in one of hte most closely fought historiographical battles of past decades, the Historikerstreit" The Economist "Approachable... The book is strong in highlighting the almost unbelieveable terror and utterly ruthless assault on humanity in both regimes" -- Ian Kershaw BBC History Magazine
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