Stalinism as a Civilization: New Perspectives on Communist Regimes
2004 (English)In: Political Studies Review, ISSN 1478-9302, Vol. 2, no 2, 166-184 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
A new line of inquiry into the history of communist regimes and the cold war has emerged. Pioneered by Stephen Kotkin and other American historians, it views Stalinism as the defining era of socialism, building a specific anti-capitalist and illiberal modernity that mustered voluntary participation and international legitimacy. This model of Stalinism as a rival civilization, held together by participatory totalitarianism, challenges older research on communist regimes – both revisionist and totalitarian studies. However, the degree of originality of this perspective is questioned here, citing precursors, parallels and contrasts within European research and political science.
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2004. Vol. 2, no 2, 166-184 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-10837DOI: 10.1111/j.1478-9299.2004.00006.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-10837DiVA: diva2:38605