The comparison of nazism and stalinism has long provoked political controversy and it led to the historians dispute within germany in the 1980s in the 1920s the social democratic party of germany spd under the leadership of chancellor hermann muller adopted the view that red equals brown ie that the communists and nazis posed an equal danger to liberal democracy. The internationally distinguished contributors to this landmark volume represent a variety of approaches to the nazi and stalinist regimes these far reaching essays provide the raw materials towards a comparative analysis and offer the means to deepen and extend research in the field the first section highlights similarities and differences in the leadership cults at the heart of the . Professor sir ian kershaw is a british historian noted for his biographies of adolf hitler ian kershaw studied at liverpool ba and oxford d phil he was a lecturer first in medieval then in modern history at the university of manchester in 1983 4 he was visiting professor of modern history . A thought provoking book for three very different reasons first despite the ambitions of the participants many of these essays deal exclusively or predominantly with one or the other regime but eschew comparisons by my count only three of the chapters those written by the co editors and the essay by michael mann as well as the introduction and the afterthoughts. A number of authors have carried out comparisons of nazism and stalinism in which they have considered the issues of whether the two ideologies were similar or different how these conclusions affect understanding of 20th century history what relationship existed between the two regimes and why both of them came to prominence at the same time the answers to all these questions are disputed
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