Popular Opinion in Totalitarian Regimes: Fascism, Nazism, Communism

Hardcover | November 1, 2009

EditorPaul Corner

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Fascism, Nazism, and Communism dominated the history of much of the twentieth century, yet comparatively little attention has focused on popular reactions to the regimes that sprang from these ideologies. Popular Opinion in Totalitarian Regimes is the first volume to investigate popularreactions to totalitarian rule in the Soviet Union, Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, and the communist regimes in Poland and East Germany after 1945. The contributions, written for this volume by internationally acknowledged experts in their fields, move beyond the rather static vision provided by traditional themes of consent and coercion to construct a more nuanced picture of everyday life in the various regimes. The book provides many newinsights into the ways totalitarian regimes functioned and the reasons for their decline, encouraging comparisons between the different regimes and stimulating re-evaluation of long-established positions.

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Fascism, Nazism, and Communism dominated the history of much of the twentieth century, yet comparatively little attention has focused on popular reactions to the regimes that sprang from these ideologies. Popular Opinion in Totalitarian Regimes is the first volume to investigate popularreactions to totalitarian rule in the Soviet Unio...

Paul Corner is Professor of European History at the University of Siena, having previously been a Research Fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford, and Reader in Italian History at the University of Reading. His main interests are in Italian Fascism and the relationship between Fascism and other European dictatorial regimes both before...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pagesPublished:November 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Notes on Contributors1. Paul Corner: IntroductonPart I: Two Overview2. Sheila Fitzpatrick: Popular Opinion in Russia under Prewar Stalinism3. Ian Kershaw: Consensus, Coercion and Popular Opinion in the Third Reich: Some ReflectionsPart II: The First Dictatorshipe4. Jochen Hellbeck: Liberation from Autonomy: Mapping Self-understandings in Stalin's Time5. Jan Plamper: Beyond Binaries: Popular Opinion in Stalinism6. Otto Dov Kulka: Popular Opinion in Nazi Germany as a Factor in the Policy of the 'Solution of the Jewish Question': The Nuremberg Laws and the Reichskristallnacht7. Jill Stephenson: Popular Opinion in Nazi Germany: Mobilisation, Experience, Perceptions. The View from the Wurttemberg Countryside8. Paul Corner: Fascist Italy in the 1930s: Popular Opinion in the ProvincesPart III: Dictatorship After 19459. Marcin Kula: Poland: The Silence of Those Deprived of Voice.10. Martin Sabrow: Consent in the Communist GDR or How to Interpret Lion Feuchtwanger's Blindness in Moscow 193711. Mary Fulbrook: Demography, Opportunity, or Ideological Conversion? Reflections on the role of the 'second Hitler Youth generation', or '1929ers', in the GDR12. Thomas Lindenberger: Tacit Minimal Consensus: the Always Precarious East German DictatorshipSelect BibliographyIndex of Names

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"Essential reading for every serious student of modern dictatorships... It goes to the very heart of how totalitarian dictatorships worked." --Robert O. Paxton, Columbia and author of "The Anatomy of Fascism"