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- Author : Martyn Whittock
- Publisher : Hachette UK
- Release Date : 2020-07-23
- Genre : History
- Pages : 336
- ISBN : 9781472142399
'[R]eadable and thoughtful . . . does an excellent job of exploring how the murderous political police in all its incarnations defined the Soviet Union, and left a poisonous legacy still with us today' Professor Mark Galeotti, author of The Vory and A Short History of Russia Repression, control, manipulation and elimination of enemies assisted in the establishment of the Soviet state, and helped maintain it in power, but could not, in the end, prevent its collapse. Citizens of the West have, for the most part, been told a very simplified story of the repressive 'totalitarian' state that was the USSR. In fact, it was sustained by more than just policing and force. No amount of revisionist history can erase the reality of millions controlled, imprisoned and killed, but there was much more to the USSR's one-party state than this. Whittock tells a more complex story of the combination of cruelty, co-operation and compromise required to build and run a one-party state. Much of this is the story of the role played by the secret police in creating and sustaining such a form of government, but it is much more than simply a 'history of the secret police'. This is because the 'police state' which emerged (in which dissent, both real and imaginary, was undoubtedly policed, threatened and ruthlessly eliminated) was more than just the product of the arrests, interrogations, executions and imprisonments carried out by the secret police. The USSR was also made possible by a battle for hearts and minds which led millions of people to feel that they really had benefited from the system and had a stake in the new society.
Insights by the only Western-based journalist to have spent time with Osama bin Laden inform an account of what al Qaeda is, what it wants, its capabilities, and how the West can answer its complaints and challenges, providing an incisive profile of Osama bin Laden and his evolution into the world's leading exponent of jihad.
- Author : R.R. Bowker Company. Department of Bibliography
- Publisher : Unknown
- Release Date : 1980
- Genre : United States
- Pages : 231
- ISBN : STANFORD:36105117841002
Within the origin of one of the world’s most iconic superheroes hides a fascinating family story—and a crucial history of feminism in the twentieth-century. “Everything you might want in a page-turner … skeletons in the closet, a believe-it-or-not weirdness in its biographical details, and something else that secretly powers even the most “serious” feminist history—fun.” —Entertainment Weekly The Secret History of Wonder Woman is a tour de force of intellectual and cultural history. Wonder Woman, Jill Lepore argues, is the missing link in the history of the struggle for women’s rights—a chain of events that begins with the women’s suffrage campaigns of the early 1900s and ends with the troubled place of feminism a century later. Lepore, a Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer, has uncovered an astonishing trove of documents, including the never-before-seen private papers of Wonder Woman’s creator, William Moulton Marston. The Marston family story is a tale of drama, intrigue, and irony. In the 1920s, Marston and his wife brought into their home Olive Byrne, the niece of Margaret Sanger, one of the most influential feminists of the twentieth century. Even while celebrating conventional family life in a regular column that Marston and Byrne wrote for Family Circle, they themselves pursued lives of extraordinary nonconformity. Marston, internationally known as an expert on truth—he invented the lie detector test—lived a life of secrets, only to spill them on the pages of Wonder Woman. Includes a new afterword with fresh revelations based on never before seen letters and photographs from the Marston family’s papers, and 161 illustrations and 16 pages in full color.
Draws parallels between the fascism of the 1930s and the liberalism of the present, arguing that liberal politicians from Woodrow Wilson to Hillary Clinton have espoused policies and principles similar to those of Hitler's National Socialism.
A popular history of the the Democratic Party ranges from its origins in the era of Thomas Jefferson to the present day, citing major events that transformed the Democrat Party, the evolution of its political philosophy and policies, and the personalities and perspectives of such key leaders as Jefferon, jackson, Wilson, Roosevelt, and Clinton. 25,000 first printing.
- Author : Anonim
- Publisher : Unknown
- Release Date : 1967
- Genre : Social sciences
- Pages : 231
- ISBN : STANFORD:36105049185643
Internationally acclaimed Iranian journalist Naji has spent years interviewing Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's friends, family, and colleagues to tell for the first time the true story of how he came to power.
- Author : Irina Morozova
- Publisher : Ios PressInc
- Release Date : 2005
- Genre : Business & Economics
- Pages : 309
- ISBN : UOM:39015063367265
Provides the contributors' views on the socio-political challenges confronting the nine Central Eurasian states. This book presents scientific discussions on the historical development of Central Eurasia and its sociocultural legacies; Soviet and contemporary state organisation, social transformation and communal structures; and more.