Voting for Hitler and Stalin: Elections under 20th Century by Ralph Jessen, Hedwig Richter

By Ralph Jessen, Hedwig Richter

Dictatorships in the course of the 20th century—including Mussolini’s Italy, the 3rd Reich, the Soviet Union, Poland, and East Germany—held elections. yet have been they greater than rituals of participation with no the slightest influence at the distribution of strength? Why did political regimes considerably against liberal democracy think the necessity to imitate their enemies? delivering major insights into absolutist nation governance, Voting for Hitler and Stalin completely investigates the extraordinary, paradoxical phenomenon of dictatorial elections, revealing the numerous methods they transcended mere propaganda.

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Goebbels’ diary entry of March 31, 1936: “Triumph upon triumph. […] We hadn’t imagined it like this in our wildest dreams”. (Fröhlich 1998-2006). 11 Through Heinrich Himmler’s intervention, the inmates of concentration camps were no longer allowed to vote after 1938. ’ what a load of nonsense”. (Fröhlich 1998-2006). 13 In this way Frick announced a referendum in the Frankfurter Zeitung on March 9, 1936. Conversely, Goebbels spoke, at least internally, in August 1934 about the impending “election”, as in all of his diary entries stemming from this time.

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