The Evolution of Totalitarianism: From Stalin to Putin

Metreveli, Tornike (2013). The Evolution of Totalitarianism: From Stalin to Putin. Atlantic Community Atlantische Initiative e.V. Berlin / Atlantic Initiative U.S., Washington D.C

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The Soviet Union is commonly cited as "totalitarian." But just how totalitarian was the Soviet Union? The modern Russian Federation? There is an ongoing debate in Georgia about the Soviet past, the role of Stalin in Georgian history, an importance of Soviet legacies in shaping the nationalist discourse after independence and etc. Various roundtables and conferences reflecting on the historical, political and sociological contexts of the Soviet occupation are held in Georgian academic institutions and universities. On a discursive level, it is taken as a given that the „Evil Empire‟ was indeed totalitarian – brutally repressive, all-encompassing, and terrorizing. The term "totalitarian" embodies a multitude of concepts which we will try to discuss in a historical perspective, testing the extent of applicability and relevance of this term to modern-day Russia.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Sociology

UniBE Contributor:

Metreveli, Tornike

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

Publisher:

Atlantische Initiative e.V. Berlin / Atlantic Initiative U.S., Washington D.C

Language:

English

Submitter:

Mahboob Hasan

Date Deposited:

19 Jun 2014 16:05

Last Modified:

13 Sep 2017 23:41

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BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.53385

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/53385

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