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Histories of Everyday Life in Totalitarian Regimes – “Highly recommended. All libraries. All levels.”

Posted on April 21, 2016

Guided by a five-person advisory board of distinguished scholars, examine what life was like during the twentieth century under totalitarian rule with Histories of Everyday Life in Totalitarian Regimes, 1st Ed. This set spans multiple disciplines and holds a wealth of information for various college courses as well as high school teachers encouraging the analysis of primary and secondary sources.

This title review was recently published by Choice Reviews Online. Read what they had to say!

CONTENT: This latest release in the publisher’s award-winning “The Literature of Society” series investigates daily life in the various totalitarian dictatorships of the early to late 20th century (e.g., Nazi Germany, Stalin’s Soviet Union, China under Mao, North Korea).  The work features more than 200 personal histories of individuals who lived and survived these regimes.  Many of these survivors’ experiences are firsthand accounts based on memoirs, autobiographies, diaries, and letters.  Perspectives on life under totalitarianism are also elucidated from the dictators themselves.  The work is replete with images, with approximately 250 photos and 50 maps or other graphics.  Overall, the work offers insight into the social, cultural, political, and economic conditions endured by many.  The in-depth entries provide helpful call-out boxes containing facts and figures and a short bibliography, and the set concludes with a comprehensive general index.  The work is available as an ebook on the Gale Virtual Reference Library (CH, Dec’10, 48-1793) platform.  It is aimed at a high-school and college audience, but readers at many levels will appreciate the wide selection of primary-source materials assembled under the separate themes of the three volumes. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All libraries. All levels.

This title was published in: CHOICE May 2016 vol. 53 no. 09 Issue; by W. Jakub, Franciscan University of Steubenville. Copyright 2016 American Library Association



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