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Political structures: totalitarianism & dictatorship

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Strongmen

Strongmen

Author: Ruth (Professor of Italian and History) Ben-Ghiat Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/11/2020

Ours is the age of the strongman. Russia, India, Turkey and America are ruled by men who, as they have risen to the top, have reshaped their countries around them, creating cults of personality which earn the loyalty of millions. And as they do so, they draw on a playbook of behaviour established by figures such as Benito Mussolini, Muammar Gaddafi and Adolf Hitler. Here, political historian Ruth Ben-Ghiat draws on analysis of everything from everything from gender to corruption and propaganda to explain who these political figures are - and how they manipulate our own history, fears and desires in search of power at any cost.

Strongmen

Strongmen

Author: Ruth (Professor of Italian and History) Ben-Ghiat Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/11/2020

Ours is the age of the strongman. Russia, India, Turkey and America are ruled by men who, as they have risen to the top, have reshaped their countries around them, creating cults of personality which earn the loyalty of millions. And as they do so, they draw on a playbook of behaviour established by figures such as Benito Mussolini, Muammar Gaddafi and Adolf Hitler. Here, political historian Ruth Ben-Ghiat draws on analysis of everything from gender and sexuality to diplomatic strategy to explain who these political figures are - and how they manipulate our own history, fears and desires in search of power at any cost.

The Open Society and Its Enemies

The Open Society and Its Enemies

Author: Karl R. Popper Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2020

A landmark defense of democracy that has been hailed as one of the most important books of the twentieth century One of the most important books of the twentieth century, The Open Society and Its Enemies is an uncompromising defense of liberal democracy and a powerful attack on the intellectual origins of totalitarianism. An immediate sensation when it was first published, Karl Popper's monumental achievement has attained legendary status on both the Left and Right. Tracing the roots of an authoritarian tradition represented by Plato, Marx, and Hegel, Popper argues that the spirit of free, critical inquiry that governs scientific investigation should also apply to politics. In a new foreword, George Soros, who was a student of Popper, describes the revelation of first reading the book and how it helped inspire his philanthropic Open Society Foundations.

Twilight of Democracy

Twilight of Democracy

Author: Anne Applebaum Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/07/2020

Anne Applebaum is a leading historian of communism and a penetrating investigator of contemporary politics. Here she sets her sights on the big question, one with which she herself has been deeply engaged in both Europe and America: how did our democracy go wrong? This extraordinary document, written with urgency, intelligence and understanding, is her answer. Timothy Snyder Friendships torn. Ideals betrayed. Alliances broken. In this, her most personal book, a great historian explains why so many of those who won the battles for democracy or have spent their lives proclaiming its values are now succumbing to liars, thugs and crooks. Analysis, reportage and memoir, Twilight of Democracy fearlessly tells the shameful story of a political generation gone bad. David Frum In the years just before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall, people from across the political spectrum in Europe and America celebrated a great achievement, felt a common purpose and, very often, forged personal friendships. Yet over the following decades the euphoria evaporated, the common purpose and centre ground gradually disappeared, extremism rose once more and eventually - as this book compellingly relates - the relationships soured too. Anne Applebaum traces this history in an unfamiliar way, looking at the trajectories of individuals caught up in the public events of the last three decades. When politics becomes polarized, which side do you back? If you are a journalist, an intellectual, a civic leader, how do you deal with the re-emergence of authoritarian or nationalist ideas in your country? When your leaders appropriate history, or pedal conspiracies, or eviscerate the media and the judiciary, do you go along with it? Twilight of Democracy is an essay that combines the personal and the political in an original way and brings a fresh understanding to the dynamics of public life in Europe and America, both now and in the recent past.

Belarus under Lukashenka

Belarus under Lukashenka

Author: Matthew (Leiden University, The Netherlands) Frear Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2020

This book explores the nature of the regime of Aliaksandr Lukashenka, who has ruled Belarus since 1994, and who is often characterized as the last dictator in Europe . It discusses how Lukashenka came to power, providing a survey of politics in Belarus in early post-Soviet times, examines how power became personalized under his regime, and considers how he coerced opponents, whilst maintaining good popular support. The book discusses all aspects of politics, including presidential power, the ruling elites, elections, the opposition, and civil society. The author characterizes Lukashenka's rule as adaptive authoritarianism , and demonstrates how the regime's avoidance of any ideology, even nationalism, permits great freedom of manoeuvre, enabling pragmatic adaptation to changing circumstances.

Authoritarian Diffusion and Cooperation

Authoritarian Diffusion and Cooperation

Author: Andre Bank Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2020

To shed light on the global reassertion of authoritarianism in recent years, this volume analyses transnational diffusion and international cooperation among non-democratic regimes. How and with what effect do authoritarian regimes learn from each other? For what purpose and how successfully do they cooperate? The volume highlights that present-day autocrats pursue mainly pragmatic interests, rather than ideological missions. Consequently, the connections among authoritarian regimes have primarily defensive purposes, especially insulation against democracy promotion by the West. As a result, the authors do not foresee a major recession of democracy, as occurred with the rise of fascism during the interwar years. The chapters in this book were originally published in a special issue of Democratization.

Umwelt und Herrschaft in der DDR

Umwelt und Herrschaft in der DDR

Author: Christian Moller Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/05/2020

Die Umweltbilanz der DDR fallt bitter aus. Doch wahrend die vorhandenen Umweltprobleme in den achtziger Jahren in einen unversoehnlichen Konflikt zwischen dem SED-Staat und Teilen der Gesellschaft mundeten, hatte die Situation gut zwanzig Jahre zuvor ganz anders ausgesehen. Die Verabschiedung des Landeskulturgesetzes im Jahr 1970 markierte einen Aufbruch, der nicht nur eine Verbesserung der Umweltsituation in Aussicht stellte, sondern auch gesellschaftliches Umweltengagement gezielt foerderte.Die Studie untersucht die Moeglichkeiten und Grenzen der Aushandlung von Umweltfragen in der sozialistischen Diktatur. Der Fokus ist auf die politische Kommunikation in Eingaben, gesellschaftliche Initiativen und die verschiedenartigen Raume des Mitmachens gerichtet. Auf diese Weise ist es nicht nur moeglich, die Hintergrunde des oekologischen Niederganges jenseits teleologischer Deutungsmuster ausgewogen darzustellen, sondern auch die Vielfalt des Umwelthandelns im Staatssozialismus zu beleuchten.

PC on Earth

PC on Earth

Author: Jabbar Moradi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/04/2020

The Dictatorship Syndrome

The Dictatorship Syndrome

Author: Alaa Al Aswany Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2019

The study of dictatorship in the West has acquired an almost exotic dimension. But authoritarian regimes remain a painful reality for billions of people worldwide who still live under them, their freedoms violated and their rights abused. They are subject to arbitrary arrest, torture, corruption, ignorance, and injustice. What is the nature of dictatorship? How does it take hold? In what conditions and circumstances is it permitted to thrive? And how do dictators retain power, even when reviled and mocked by those they govern? In this deeply considered and at times provocative short work, Alaa Al Aswany tells us that, as with any disease, to understand the syndrome of dictatorship we must first consider the circumstances of its emergence, along with the symptoms and complications it causes in both the people and the dictator.

Africa's Totalitarian Temptation

Africa's Totalitarian Temptation

Author: Dave Peterson Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2019

Disappointment with the ability of democracy to deliver economic rewards in much of Africa - and with the persistence of instability, corruption, and poor governance in democratic regimes - has undermined democracy's appeal for many on the continent. At the same time, many external actors are expressing sympathy for regimes that have demonstrated an ability to impose stability and deliver economic growth, despite the limits placed on their citizens' freedom. In this context, Dave Peterson asks: Is totalitarianism emerging as an acceptable alternative to democracy in Africa? And if so, with what consequences? Peterson draws on extensive research in countries across the continent to thoroughly explore the dilemma of the totalitarian temptation.

Life in Stalin's Soviet Union

Life in Stalin's Soviet Union

Author: Kees (University of South Florida, USA) Boterbloem Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Life in Stalin's Soviet Union is a collaborative work in which some of the leading scholars in the field shed light on various aspects of daily life for Soviet citizens. Split into three parts which focus on 'Food, Health and Leisure', the 'Lived Experience' and 'Religion and Ideology', the book is comprised of chapters covering a range of important subjects, including: * Food * Health and Housing * Sex and Gender * Education * Religion (Christianity, Islam and Judaism) * Sport and Leisure * Festivals There is detailed analysis of urban and rural life, as well as explorations of life in the gulag, life as a peasant, life in the military and what it was like to be disabled in Stalin's Russia. The book also engages with the wider Soviet Union wherever possible to ensure the most in-depth discussion of life, in all its minutiae, under Stalin. This is a vitally important book for any student of Stalin's Russia keen to know more about the human history of this complex period of dictatorship.

Life in Stalin's Soviet Union

Life in Stalin's Soviet Union

Author: Kees (University of South Florida, USA) Boterbloem Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/09/2019

Life in Stalin's Soviet Union is a collaborative work in which some of the leading scholars in the field shed light on various aspects of daily life for Soviet citizens. Split into three parts which focus on 'Food, Health and Leisure', the 'Lived Experience' and 'Religion and Ideology', the book is comprised of chapters covering a range of important subjects, including: * Food * Health and Housing * Sex and Gender * Education * Religion (Christianity, Islam and Judaism) * Sport and Leisure * Festivals There is detailed analysis of urban and rural life, as well as explorations of life in the gulag, life as a peasant, life in the military and what it was like to be disabled in Stalin's Russia. The book also engages with the wider Soviet Union wherever possible to ensure the most in-depth discussion of life, in all its minutiae, under Stalin. This is a vitally important book for any student of Stalin's Russia keen to know more about the human history of this complex period of dictatorship.