Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler: The Age of Social Catastrophe (review)

@article{Tismneanu2009LeninSA,
  title={Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler: The Age of Social Catastrophe (review)},
  author={Vladimir Tismăneanu},
  journal={Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History},
  year={2009},
  volume={10},
  pages={724 - 729}
}
  • Vladimir Tismăneanu
  • Published 27 August 2009
  • Art
  • Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History
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