During the 20th century the comparison of nazism and stalinism was made on the topics of totalitarianism ideology and personality cult both regimes were seen in contrast to the liberal west with an emphasis on the similarities between the two. 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 . In stalinism and nazism ian kershaw and moshe lewin have collected thirteen essays from a conference in philadelphia in 1991 where twenty seven papers and eighteen commentaries were presented the contributions span the history of stalinism and national socialism for the fifteen years between 1930 and 1945 making comparable and in part comparing the two systems especially their wartime . 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. After totalitarianism stalinism and nazism compared michael geyer with assistance from sheila fitzpatrick the idea of comparing nazi germany with the soviet union under stalin is not a novel one notwithstanding some impressive efforts of late however the endeavor has achieved only limited success1 where comparisons have
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