European Dictatorships 1918–1945

3rd Edition

By Stephen J. Lee, Stephen J. Lee

© 2008 – Routledge

408 pages

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About the Book

European Dictatorships 1918–1945 surveys the extraordinary circumstances leading to, and arising from, the transformation of over half of Europe’s states to dictatorships between the first and the second World Wars. It describes the course of dictatorship in Europe before and during the Second World War, and examines the phenomenon of dictatorship itself and the widely different forms it can take. From the notorious dictatorships of Mussolini, Hitler and Stalin to less well-known states and leaders, this book scrutinizes the experiences of Russia, Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal, and Central and Eastern European states.

This third edition has been revised throughout to include recent historical research and contains a completely new chapter on the meaning of dictatorship. Including new tables, maps and diagrams, this is the perfect survey for all students of the period.

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'Maintains a rattling pace to the narrative which is comprehensive but written with great clarity' - History Teaching Review

'Comprehensive and gripping … well researched and extremely informative' - New Humanity

'A very clear and concise analytical treatment of the rise of dictatorship' - The Slavonic Review

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Seventeen Dictatorships, 1918–1945 1. The Setting for Dictatorship 2. Types of Dictatorship 3. Dictatorship in Russia 4. Dictatorship in Italy 5. Dictatorship in Germany 6. Dictatorship Elsewhere 7. Dictatorships Compared: Case Studies. Epilogue: Europe since 1945. Notes. Select Bibliography. Index

About the Authors

Stephen J. Lee was Head of History at Bromsgrove School in Birmingham, UK. His publications include European Dictatorships, 2nd edition (Routledge, 2000), Russia and the USSR (Routledge, 2005) and Hitler and Nazi Germany (Routledge, 1998).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Modern / General