Stalinism as a Civilization: New Perspectives on Communist Regimes

  title={Stalinism as a Civilization: New Perspectives on Communist Regimes},
  author={A. Hedin},
  journal={Political Studies Review},
  pages={166 - 184}
  • A. Hedin
  • Published 2004
  • Political Science
  • Political Studies Review
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… Expand
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