Richard Overy: The Dictators Hitler's Germany Stalin's Russia

Richard Overy s exhaustive and at times exhausting examination of the Hitler and Stalin regimes follows Plutarch s ancient parallel lives model with an obvious at tip to Allan Bullock s somewhat similar treatment Hitler and Stalin Parallel Lives though Overy states in My Amazing Dinosaur (Tib Tumtum, his introduction thatis treatment avoids the personal lives of the two dictators Since I The Nazi Revolution haven t read Bullock s book I can t really comment on that comparisondistinction though I take Overy atis word Reading Overy there is obviously a wealth of regimes only material to consider And Bloods a Rover (American Underworld Trilogy his obvious intent is to cover it all The book is structured in such a way that each chapter represents an aspect of the two regimes Amazingly there is very little overlap and with the exception of a few eye glazing chapters the book succeeds as an amazing achievement of organization and synthesis It alsoelps that Overy is an excellent writer The contents as is to be expected are depressing and numbing As I neared the end of the book I kept reflecting on the sheer scale of Murder that is represented in the book And Murder by the undreds by the thousands is present in virtually every chapter The concluding chapter in this 2004 book with its final comparisons of these two cruel men the regimes they constructed and the largely compliant people that they led serves now in 2017 as than a cautionary note I will try to add to this review at a later date but wanted to add some thoughts while it is still fresh in my mind This book was without uestion one of the best I ave encountered on this time period and in particular on the uestions as to Wylde Bears (Wylde Bears, how the day to day operations of the Stalin and Hitler dictatorships functioned Overy with a very difficult task atand does Cooking Light Lazy Gourmet his best to provide elements of both objectivity and most importantly places you into the mindset of the both the functionaries andeads of state Further Arise he does a great service to those seeking to move past the mythology of the era by eclipsing stale falsehoods about both Hitler and Stalin in regards to their mentality throughout the war Utilizing many primary source documentse shows that Stalin far from shrinking in the face of an unexpected German invasion in fact was intricately involved in the days fo. If the past century will be remembered for its tragic pairing of civilized achievement and organized destruction at the eart of darkness may be found Hitler Stalin and the systems of domination they forged Their lethal regimes murdered millions and fought a massive deadly war Yet their dictatorships took.

To ave lived in Europe during this time The express intent of evil on both sides was astounding The writing of this book was exemplary and I really appreciated the author s ability to draw meaning out of a wealth of evidence to try to give a fascinating overall picture of these two dictatorships The Book Thief how they came into being what drove them why they did what they did what the reasons were Really a good book even though it took me about three months to finish it One of Overy s best books if only for managing to bust myths and provide a massive amount of important information without boring the reader or overtaxing their mind If you want to learn the inner works of both Nazi Germany and Stalin s Russia this book is a must readI did find one chapter lacking the one I actually knew something about Overyas an impressive knowledge of the Gulag system but Talk to Me his knowledge of the German web of concentration camps ghettos and extermination camps This is a greatistory book scratch that this is a great book periodBasically let s compare two systems that are combined called totalitarian and let s see what made them tickIt is filled with data and Overy really made this book with Silver Mortal (The Gracen Chronicles, his presentation ofistorical factsIf you are interested in the Educating for the New World Order history of that period or justistory in the general read this book An excellent investigation of the similarities and differences of Hitler s Germany and Stalin s Russia Where Overy succeeds is in describing the relationships of the two dictators to their people He Living in Little Rock with Miss Little Rock has successfully opened up a partial understanding of the uestion Why would Germans and Russians go along with this Instead of blaming ignorance misinformation and deceit Overyas explained the ideological constructs of the regimes This book pointed out in Overy s introduction is not a duel biography Instead the aims are a statistical and empirical examination of two of the most corrupt leaders under two of the most corrupt systems in the The Character Of An Upright Man history of the world As a youngistory teacher I Mr. Malcolms List have plans to use this book extensively An excellent addition to my early book collection 4 stars because 600 pages in I found myself yearning to see the last page Amazing otherwise Brilliant comparison of Hitler s Germany and Stalin s USSR. Ts to power and consolidation of absolute rule to their waging of massive war and creation of far flung empires of camps and prisons The Nazi extermination camps and the vast Soviet Gulag represent the two dictatorships in their most inhuman form Overy shows us theuman and istorical roots of these evil.

Llowing and that many of the ideas espousing otherwise stem from Khrushchev s desire to solidify the Soviet apparatus during the 50s Further the way in which Overy separates the book allows the reader to to gain insight on both the political structure of Hitler and Stalin s rule while also understanding ow the average citizen intersected with the dictatorship at the most routine levels of existence Obviously one cannot walk away untouched by the descriptions of utter Just One Golden Kiss horror while at the same time Overyelps you grasp what life was like and The Tyranny of Guilt how these two states operated for over a decade without any opposition whatsoever to the rulers at theead I Phantom Encounters highly recommend it to anyone seeking to understandow these States operated and looking to get past the simplistic representations of the time How such a fascinating topiccomparison could be made not boring but workmanlike is a mystery This is a good overviewreview but somehow the information stays on the page Overy may be a very good Eat Your Way Through the USA historian not my field butis research and analysis seems solid but My Dirty Janitor Book 4 his writing is uite dry Disappointing An interesting comparison between both dictatorships but at the same time uite exhausting with too much dwelling on small details and facts I m reading this slowly the data are almost overwhelming and yet at the same time it is a page turner because real life is almost always stranger and perverse than fiction Here s a uote to make this concreteBefore 1941 and after 1945 the exiles were selected on political criteria as socially dangerous or anti Soviet elastic categories that stretched from the obvious nationalist politicians churchmen soldiers and merchants to the absurd philatelists and Esperanto speakers victims of the cosmopolitan character of theirobbyp 563This is my first book by Richard Overy but it won t be my lastOn my recent trip to Berlin I was reminded many times of details from this book Great read Still reading this one seems to be a good comparison between the two and the modes of rising to power and leadership styles Really different from the military Stories from Spain / Historias de España histories that I am used to reading I would definitely recommend itJust finished this one I know of no other book that Iave read that Spanish-American Short Stories / Cuentos hispanoamericanos has made me so glad not. Shape within formal constitutional structures and drew the support of the German and Russian people In the first majoristorical work to analyze the two dictatorships together in depth Richard Overy gives us an absorbing study of Hitler and Stalin ranging from their private and public selves their ascen.

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Richard James Overy is a British historian who has published extensively on the history of World War II and the Third ReichEducated at Caius College Cambridge and awarded a research fellowship at Churchill College Professor Overy taught history at Cambridge from 1972 to 1979 as a fellow of ueens' College and from 1976 as a university assistant lecturer In 1980 he moved to King's College Lond