If some great catastrophe is not announced every morning, we feel a certain void. Nothing in the paper today, we sigh… Lord Acton


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Lenin, Stalin and Hitler : the age of social catastrophe Robert Gellately London : Jonathan Cape, 2007 Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xiii, 696 p., [24] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

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Between 1914 and 1945 European society was in almost continuous upheaval, enduring two world wars, the Russian Revolution, the Holocaust and the rise and fall of the Third Reich. Gellately argues that these tragedies are all inextricably linked and that to consider them as discrete events is to misunderstand their entire genesis and character.

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Crucially, Gellately makes clear how previous studies comparing the Soviet and Nazi dictatorships are fatally flawed by neglecting the importance of Lenin in the unfolding drama and, in his rejection of the myth of the ‘good’ Lenin, creates a ground-breaking account of all three dictatorships.

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