Modern Tyrants: The Power and Prevalence of Evil in Our Age

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Princeton University Press, 1996 - History - 496 pages
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Along with its much vaunted progress in scientific and economic realms, the twentieth century has witnessed the rise of the most brutal and oppressive regimes in the history of humankind. Even with the collapse of Marxism, current instances of "ethnic cleansing" remind us that tyranny persists in our own age and shows no sign of abating. Daniel Chirot offers an important and timely study of modern tyrants, both revealing the forces that allow them to come to power and helping us to predict where they may arise in the future.Along with its much vaunted progress in scientific and economic realms, the twentieth century has witnessed the rise of the most brutal and oppressive regimes in the history of humankind. Even with the collapse of Marxism, current instances of "ethnic cleansing" remind us that tyranny persists in our own age and shows no sign of abating. Daniel Chirot offers an important and timely study of modern tyrants, both revealing the forces that allow them to come to power and helping us to predict where they may arise in the future.
  

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Contents

On Modern Tyranny
1
Moderation Abandoned
25
In the Beginning Was the Word
71
Death Lies and Decay
121
A Typological Map of Tyranny
167
Imagined Egalitarian Hells Maoism and the Khmer Rouge
175
Little Stalins? Socialist Corporatism at the Service of the Nation and the Leader
231
Little Hitlers? Elite Fantasies in Argentina and Iraq and Their Realization
267
An Inadvertent Catastrophe Burmas Confrontation with Colonialism Modern Nationalism and Ne Win
309
Race and Corruption on the Island of Hispaniola Two Caribbean Nightmares
341
Colonialism Resentment and Chaos Two African Studies
373
Some Propositions Lessons and Predictions about Tyranny
403
Notes
429
Bibliography
457
Index
479
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Daniel Chirot is the Job and Gertrud Tamaki Professor of International Studies and of Sociology at the University of Washington in Seattle. His most recent book is called "Contested Identities: Ethnic, Religious, and" "Nationalist Conflicts in Today s World "and was recently published by Routledge. He is the author of "Modern Tyrants", published by Princeton University Press, and the co-author, with Clark McCauley, of "Why Not" "Kill Them All? The Logic and Prevention of Mass Political Murder", also published by Princeton. He has written several books about global social change and has authored as well as edited other books about economic history, ethnic conflict, and international politics. Chirot has served as a consultant for various foundations and NGOS working in Eastern Europe and West Africa. His research and writing has been helped by grants from, among others, the United States Institute of Peace, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He has a BA from Harvard University in Social Studies and a PhD in Sociology from Columbia University.

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