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Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler The Age of Social Catastrophe

ISBN-10: 140003213X
ISBN-13: 9781400032136
Edition: N/A
Authors: Robert Gellately
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Description: A bold new accounting of the great social and political upheavals that enveloped Europe between 1914 and 1945from the Russian Revolution through the Second World War. InLenin, Stalin, and Hitler, acclaimed historian Robert Gellately focuses on the  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/12/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 752
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.804
Language: English

A bold new accounting of the great social and political upheavals that enveloped Europe between 1914 and 1945from the Russian Revolution through the Second World War. InLenin, 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 inLenin, Stalin, and Hitlera vital analysis of a critical period in modern history.

Abbreviations and Glossary
Note on Russian Spelling and Dates
Maps
Introduction
Lenin's Communist Dictatorship
The First World War and the Russian Revolution
On the Way to Communist Dictatorship
Civil Wars in the Soviet Union
The Rise of German National Socialism
Nazism and the Threat of Bolshevism
First Nazi Attempt to Seize Power
Hitler Starts Over
Stalin Triumphs over Political Rivals
Battle for Communist Utopia
Lenin's Passing, Stalin's Victory
Stalin's New Initiatives
Stalin Solidifies His Grip
Germans Make a Pact with Hitler
Nazi Party as Social Movement
Nazism Exploits Economic Distress
"All Power" for Hitler
Stalin's Reign of Terror
Fight Against the Countryside
Terror as Political Practice
"Mass Operations"
"Cleansing" the Soviet Elite
Hitler's War Against Democracy
Winning Over the Nation
Dictatorship by Consent
Persecution of the Jews in the Prewar Years
"Cleansing" the German Body Politic
Stalin and Hitler: Into the Social Catastrophe
Rival Visions of World Conquest
German Racial Persecution Begins in Poland
Hitler and Western Europe
The Soviet Response
The War Spreads
Hitler's War on "Jewish Bolshevism"
War of Extermination as Nazi Crusade
War Against the Communists: Operation Barbarossa
War Against the Jews: Death Squads in the East
The "Final Solution" and Death Camps
Hitler's Defeat and Stalin's Agenda
Greatest Crisis in Stalin's Career
Between Surrender and Defiance
Soviets Hold On, Hitler Grows Vicious
Ethnic Cleansing in Wartime Soviet Union
Final Struggle
From Stalingrad to Berlin
Stalin Takes the Upper Hand
End of the Third Reich
Epilogue
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
Photographic Credits

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