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How to Be a Dictator: The Cult of Personality in the Twentieth Century

How to Be a Dictator: The Cult of Personality in the Twentieth Century (Hardback)

By Dikoetter, Frank

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Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin, Mao Zedong, Kim Il-sung, Ceausescu, Mengistu of Ethiopia and Duvalier of Haiti. No dictator can rule through fear and violence alone. Naked power can be grabbed and held temporarily, but it never suffices in the long term. A tyrant who can compel his ow...n people to acclaim him will last longer. The paradox of the modern dictator is that he must create the illusion of popular support. Throughout the twentieth century, hundreds of millions of people were condemned to enthusiasm, obliged to hail their leaders even as they were herded down the road to serfdom. In How to Be a Dictator, Frank Dikoetter returns to eight of the most chillingly effective personality cults of the twentieth century. From carefully choreographed parades to the deliberate cultivation of a shroud of mystery through iron censorship, these dictators ceaselessly worked on their own image and encouraged the population at large to glorify them. At a time when democracy is in retreat, are we seeing a revival of the same techniques among some of today's world leaders? This timely study, told with great narrative verve, examines how a cult takes hold, grows, and sustains itself. It places the cult of personality where it belongs, at the very heart of tyranny.
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ISBN 9781408891629
Released NZ 1 Oct 2019
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781408891629
Stock Available
Status Indent title (sourced internationally), usually ships 4-6 weeks post release/order
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Released 1 Oct 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Dikoetter, Frank
Category World History
Political Leaders & Leadership
Political Structures: Totalitarianism & Dictatorship
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Dewey Code 321.90904
Weight 626g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Dictatorship - History - 20th century, Dictators - History - 20th century, Dictators, Dictatorship, Diktator
NBS Text History: World & General
ONIX Text General/trade

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