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Analiza comparată a totalitarismului: Perspective anglo-saxone şi germane după 1989
A Comparative Analysis of Totalitarianism. Post 1989 Anglo-Saxon and German Perspectives

Author(s): Corneliu Pintilescu
Subject(s): History
Published by: Institutul National pentru Studiul Totalitarismului
Keywords: totalitarianism; communism; repression; historians’ dispute; totalitarian law.

Summary/Abstract: This study aims at chronicling the debates developed around the concept of totalitarianism by Anglo-Saxon and German scholars after the fall of the communist regimes in Eastern Europe. The paper focuses on a few key issues as: the comparison between Nazism and Stalinism, the monolithic character of the political power within the states labeled as totalitarian, the political repression, the connections between law as an instrument of totalitarian power and the concept of totalitarianism. The study concludes that although these critics have strong arguments against the concept of totalitarianism they didn`t provide an alternative terminology to be comparable in complexity with the existing one, a terminology which could help us understand the specificity of Nazism and Stalinism.

  • Issue Year: XX/2012
  • Issue No: 3-4
  • Page Range: 159-172
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Romanian