Hitler and Stalin: A Study of Power, Propaganda and Terror
Professor Quentin Beresford
Margaret Christie Studio
This course explores the rise to power of Hitler and Stalin during the 1920’s & 1930’s and how they ruled Germany and the Soviet Union respectively. As two of the most ruthless dictators in history, the course explores a number of critical issues dealing with the nature of totalitarian power and especially the causes and dangers of extremist ideologies. It begins by asking who were Hitler and Stalin? What shaped their abnormal personalities? The course explores how the catastrophic impacts of World War One helped bring their respective regimes to power. The course will explore the popular appeal of Fascism/Nazism and Communism as Utopian ideologies show how Germany and the USSR were radically transformed by extreme ideas. How each regime relied on propaganda, indoctrination and terror will also be discussed and the course will conclude with a brief examination of the genocide that each regime inflicted on its people. The course foreshadows the bloody conflict between Germany and the Soviet Union during World War Two but it does not cover the conduct of the war.
About the tutor:
Dr Quentin Beresford recently took up a role as Adjunct Professor of Politics at USC after a 30 year career at Edith Cowan University in Perth. He is the author of a dozen books of non-fiction on a range of topics including the environment, biography and Aboriginal affairs. He has won five literary awards for his work.