Totalitarianism : The Inner History of the Cold War

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In this pathbreaking work, Abbott Gleason examines the history of totalitarianism as a model for explaining twentieth-century political systems, beginning with the term's inception in Fascist Italy, through its influence as the dominant paradigm in American foreign policy and scholarship during the cold war, to its current significance in political debate and policy more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 476.27g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0195050185
  • 9780195050189

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Gleason... has now written a full survey of the shifts in meaning the word 'totalitarianism' has undergone. New York Times Book review A fundamental work that reflects on the history of the past half century ... An essential, fascinating, and thought-provoking work of intellectual history. Kirkus Reviewsshow more

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Totalitarianism offers a penetrating chronicle of the central concept of our era--an era shaped by our conflict first with fascism and then with communism. Interweaving the story of intellectual debates with the international history of the twentieth century, Gleason traces the birth of the term to Italy in the first years of Mussolini's more

About Prof. Abbott Gleason

Abbott Gleason is a leading scholar of Soviet and Russian history and a contributor to periodicals ranging from The Russian Review to The Atlantic more

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