Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler: The Age of Social Catastrophe

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Nov 11, 2009 - History - 720 pages
A bold new accounting of the great social and political upheavals that enveloped Europe between 1914 and 1945—from the Russian Revolution through the Second World War.

In Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler, acclaimed historian Robert Gellately focuses on the dominant powers of the time, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, but also analyzes the catastrophe of those years in an effort to uncover its political and ideological nature. Arguing that the tragedies endured by Europe were inextricably linked through the dictatorships of Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler, Gellately explains how the pursuit of their “utopian” ideals turned into dystopian nightmares. Dismantling the myth of Lenin as a relatively benevolent precursor to Hitler and Stalin and contrasting the divergent ways that Hitler and Stalin achieved their calamitous goals, Gellately creates in Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler a vital analysis of a critical period in modern history.
 

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User Review  - Woodstock13 - LibraryThing

Knowing my strange fondness for reading about the USSR, my son gave me this book for Christmas (maybe he wants to borrow it now?). The book linked Leninism, Stalinism and Nazism in a way I have not ... Read full review

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User Review  - zen_923 - LibraryThing

Very good and very informative. I highly recommend this book. the only flaw i saw is that the author's writing style is a bit dry.Nevertheless, this book contains good pictures and good analysis of that period. Read full review

Contents

Maps xvi
3
THE RISE OF GERMAN NATIONAL SOCIALISM
11
Civil zis in lhc Soviet Union
62
Bulllc for Communist Utopia
131
S Lenins Passing Stalins Victory
160
in Stalin Solidifics His Grip
173
Nazism Exploits Economic Distress
198
I3 AII Power for Hitler I I
211
German Racial PCTSCCUIIOII Begins in Poland 300
375
Death Squads in the East
441
3o The Final Solution and Death Camps
461
HTLERS DEFEAT AND STALlNS AGENDA
471
Between Surrender and Defiance
482
Soviets Hold On Hitler Grows Vicious
498
Ethnic Cleansing in Wartime Soviet Union
511
From Stalingmd to Berlin
525

STALlNS REIGN OF TERROR
227
Terror as Political Practice
240
to I4ass Opeations
253
Cleansing the Soviet Elite
267
HITLERS WAR AGAINST DEMOCRACY
285
I9 Dictatorship by Consent
298
Persecution of the Jews in the Prewar Years
315
Cleansingthc German Body Politic
331
Rival Visions of World Conquest
345
StalinTakcsthc Upper Hand
543
End of the Third Reich
560
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579
Notes
595
HlTLERS WAR ON EWSH BOLSHEVISM
649
Acknowledgments 071
671
Photographic Credits 097
697
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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, 19331945 and Backing Hitler: Consent and Coercion in Nazi Germany. He was born in St. John's, Newfoundland and lives in Tallahassee, Florida.

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