Totalitarian and Authoritarian Dictators: A Comparison of Fidel Castro and Alfredo Stroessner

  title={Totalitarian and Authoritarian Dictators: A Comparison of Fidel Castro and Alfredo Stroessner},
  author={Paul C. Sondrol},
  journal={Journal of Latin American Studies},
  pages={599 - 620}
  • Paul C. Sondrol
  • Published 1 October 1991
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Latin American Studies
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