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Author Pfiffer, Tommaso

Title Totalitarian societies and democratic transition : Essays in memory of Victor Zaslavsky
Published Budapest : Central European University LLC, 2017
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Description 1 online resource (444 pages)
Contents Cover ; Title page ; Copyright page ; Contents; Introduction; I. THEORY and DEBATE; Movement, Formation, and Maintenance in the Soviet Union: Victor Zaslavsky's Challenge to the Arendtian Theory of Totalitarianism; European Liberalism in the Age of Totalitarianism; Totalitarianism and Ideological Hubris; Totalitarianism avant la lettre; From Facts to Words: From Militia Party to Fascist Totalitarianism; II. HISTORY and SOCIETY; Stalin the Statesman: A Historian's Notes; Stalin's Dictatorship: Priorities, Policies, and Results; The "National Question" in the Soviet Union
Public Memory and the Difficulty of Overcoming: the Communist Legacy: Poland and Russia in Comparative PerspectiveList of Contributors; Index; Back cover
The Katyn Case: History and Articulation of Official Discourse in RussiaTotalitarianism and Science: The Nazi and the Soviet Experience; From Fascism to Communism: The History of a Conversion; III. BEYOND TOTALITARIANISM; Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Vasily Grossman: Slavophile and Westernizer Against the Totalitarian Soviet State; "Without the free word, there are no free people"": Lydia Chukovskaya's Writings on Terror and Censorship; The Transition from Totalitarianism to Authoritarianism in Russia; Totalitarianism, Nationalism, and Challenges for Democratic Transition
Summary This book is a tribute to the memory of Victor Zaslavsky (1937-2009), sociologist, émigré from the Soviet Union, Canadian citizen, public intellectual, and keen observer of Eastern Europe. Leading European, American and Russian scholars discuss the theory and the history of totalitarian society with a comparative approach. They revisit and reassess what Zaslavsky considered the most important project in the latter part of his life: the analysis of Eastern European, above all Soviet societies and their difficult "transition" after the fall of communism in 1989-91. The disciplinary variety of th
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Author Zubok, Vladislav
ISBN 9633861322