Totalitarian and Post-Totalitarian Regimes in Transitions and Non-Transitions from Communism

  title={Totalitarian and Post-Totalitarian Regimes in Transitions and Non-Transitions from Communism},
  author={M. Thompson},
  journal={Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions},
  pages={106 - 79}
  • M. Thompson
  • Published 2002
  • Sociology
  • Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions
Proponents of totalitarianism theory felt indicated by the fall of eastern European communism. Yet if these regimes were really so 'totalitarian', why did they collapse in 1989? Outside of Europe, by contrast, several communist regimes survived. This apparent paradox can be resolved by adding 'post-totalitarianism' to the analysis. It not only enables differences in the vulnerability of communist regimes to transitions to be better understood, but also clarifies the type of transition to which… Expand
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