Histories of Everyday Life in Totalitarian Regimes, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1558629319
  • ISBN-13: 9781558629318
  • DDC: 321.9
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 1482 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released May 2015
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Histories of Everyday Life In Totalitarian Regimes is a new set in St. James Press's award-winning Literature of Society series. It explores daily life in such totalitarian dictatorships as Nazi Germany, Stalin's Soviet Union, China under Mao, and North Korea. Two-thirds of the publication (200 entries) focus on compelling personal histories detailing the experiences of individuals in these regimes. The personal experiences are conveyed in such first-hand accounts as memoirs, autobiographies, diaries, and letters. An additional 100 entries interwoven throughout the three volumes further elucidate daily life in totalitarian regimes by exploring works of fiction dedicated to the topic. Perspectives from both the rulers and the ruled, from different age groups and occupations, are represented to give an understanding of the social, cultural, political, and economic conditions. The scholarly advisory board brings multiple disciplines, including history, literature, European and Asian languages, to assure thorough treatment that goes beyond the Cold War perspective during which the term "totalitarian" came into vogue. The attractive design features some 250 images and 50 maps and graphics. In addition to college students and the general public, the set has much to offer ninth through twelfth grade high school teachers and students in the core curriculum. The English Language Arts Standards (for History/Social Studies and Reading: Literature) emphasize analysis of primary and secondary sources and fictional works, all three of which Histories of Everyday Life in Totalitarian Regimes covers.

Features and Benefits

  • A five-person advisory board of distinguished scholars.
  • 100 primary source text excerpts that enhance the entries by allowing the student to read excerpts of the works being discussed.
  • 200 sidebars that highlight key figures and interesting facts.
  • 250 mostly full-color images and 50 full-color maps.
  • Helpful fact boxes.
  • Bibliographies in each entry.
  • Comprehensive general index.

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    ISBN-10: 1558629270 | ISBN-13: 9781558629271


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 in 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 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.

— CHOICE, May 2016 [Copyright 2016 American Library Association]

"Presents students, academics, researchers, and general interest readers with a three volume collection of fictional and non-fiction personal accounts of life in a variety of totalitarian regimes throughout history."

— ProtoView

Table of Contents

Totalitarian Indoctrination.
Defying Hitler.
First Words: A Childhood in Fascist Italy.
Gulag Boss: A Soviet Memoir.
Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow.
Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother: Stories of Loss and Love.
Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution.
Ruined by the Reich: Memoir of an East Prussian Family, 1916-1945.
The Shame of Survival: Working through a Nazi Childhood.
Smolensk under the Nazis: Everyday Life in Occupied Russia.
Son of the Revolution.
Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall.
Twelve Years: An American Boyhood in East Germany.
The Descendants of Cain.
Everything Flows.
Memoirs of an Anti-Semite: A Novel in Five Stories.
Survival in the Totalitarian State.
Budapest Exit: Memoir of Fascism, Communism, and Freedom.
A Childhood under Hitler and Stalin: Memoirs of a "Certified Jew".
Children of Cambodia's Killing Fields: Memoirs by Survivors.
The Corpse Walker: Real Life Stories, China from the Bottom Up.
The Fortress of My Youth: Memoir of a Terezin Survivor.
I, Pierre Seel, Deported Homosexual: A Memoir of Nazi Terror.
The Seamstress: A Memoir of Survival.
The Siege of Leningrad.
Silent Steppe: The Memoir of a Kazakh Nomad under Stalin.
Soviet Communal Living: An Oral History of the Kommunalka.
To the Edge of the Sky: A Story of Love, Betrayal, Suffering, and the Strength of Human Courage.
Matryona's House.
Mendelssohn Is on the Roof.
The Paradise of the Blind.
Prisoners of the State.
Before the Night Falls: A Memoir.
Bitter Winds: A Memoir of My Years in China's Gulag.
The Courage to Stand Alone: Letters from Prison and Other Writings.
Eyes of the Tailless Animals.
Five Chimneys: A Woman Survivor's True Story of Auschwitz.
The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: An Experiment in Literary Investigation.
Pichon: Race and Revolution in Castro's Cuba.
Survival in Auschwitz: The Nazi Assault on Humanity.
To Build a Castle: My Life as a Dissenter.
Under Two Dictators: Prisoner of Stalin and Hitler.
Voices from S-21: Terror and History in Pol Pot’s Secret Prison.
The Case of Comrade Tulayev.
Children of the Arbat.
Kolyma Tales.
The Stalin Epigram.
Exiles and Escapees.
Castro's Daughter: An Exile's Memoir of Cuba.
Enemies of the People: My Family's Journey to America.
Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West.
Exodus to Shanghai: Stories of Escape from the Third Reich.
German Writers in Soviet Exile, 1933-1945.
Hanna's Diary, 1938-1941: Czechoslovakia to Canada.
Hitler's Exiles: Personal Stories of the Flight from Nazi Germany to America.
Memoirs of a Chinese Revolutionary 1919-1949.
Memoirs of a Revolutionary, 1901-1941.
No Return Address.
Outwitting the Gestapo.
Totally Unofficial: The Autobiography of Raphael Lemkin.
Voices from Shanghai: Jewish Exiles in Wartime China.
Where the Ashes Are: The Odyssey of a Vietnamese Family.
Women in a Totalitarian State.
Berlin Diaries: 1940-1945.
Fallen Leaves: Memoirs of a Vietnamese Woman from 1940-1975.
First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers.
How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed.
Journey into the Whirlwind.
Out of Havana.
The Past Is Myself.
A Polish Doctor in the Nazi Camps: My Mother's Memories of Imprisonment, Immigration, and a Life Remade.
Till My Tale Is Told: Women's Memoirs of the Gulag.
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China.
Women of the Gulag: Portraits of Five Remarkable Lives.
Lili: A Novel of Tiananmen.
Unspeakable Women: Selected Short Stories Written by Italian Women during Fascism.
A Week Like Any Other: Novellas and Stories.
Youth in a Totalitarian State.
A Child of Hitler: Germany in the Days When God Wore a Swastika.
The Diary of a Young Girl.
The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia.
For Solo Violin: A Jewish Childhood in Fascist Italy.
The Girl in the Red Coat: A Memoir.
The Little Red Guard: A Family Memoir.
A Red Boyhood: Growing Up Under Stalin.
Salvaged Pages: Young Writers' Diaries of the Holocaust.
Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered.
Street without a Name: Childhood and Other Misadventures in Bulgaria.
An Underground Life: Memoirs of a Gay Jew in Nazi Berlin.
Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy.
When Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up under the Khmer Rouge.
The Book Thief.
Joy and Zeal in Totalitarianism.
Behind the Urals: An American Worker in Russia's City of Steel.
Beria, My Father: Inside Stalin's Kremlin.
Chinese Village, Socialist State.
Man without a Face: The Autobiography of Communism's Greatest Spymaster.
Political Violence under the Swastika: 581 Early Nazis.
Requiem for a German Past: A Boyhood among the Nazis.
Your Loyal and Loving Son: The Letters of Tank Gunner Karl Fuchs, 1937-1941.
Poems of the Chinese Revolution.
Red Plenty.
The Song of Youth.
Sportsman's March.
Swell the Harvest.
Voyage of the Red Star Pioneer Troop to Wonderland.
Impacts on the Mind.
At the Heart of the White Rose: Letters and Diaries of Hans and Sophie Scholl.
Diary of a Man in Despair.
The Education of a True Believer.
Gang of One: Memoirs of a Red Guard.
A Mind in Prison: The Memoir of a Son and Soldier of the Third Reich.
Red Azalea.
Scroll of Agony: The Warsaw Diary of Chaim A. Kaplan.
Snow Falling in Spring: Coming of Age in China during the Cultural Revolution.
A Stranger to Myself: The Inhumanity of War; Russia, 1941-44.
A Voice from the Chorus
The Crazed.
Every Man Dies Alone.
In the Shadow of the Banyan: A Novel.
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.
The Orphan Master's Son.
The Train Was on Time.
The World That Summer.
Impacts on the Body.
The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag.
A Cup of Tears: A Diary of the Warsaw Ghetto.
A Leaf in the Bitter Wind.
Life and Death in Shanghai.
Man Is Wolf to Man: Surviving the Gulag.
My Journey: How One Woman Survived Stalin's Gulag.
Survival in the Killing Fields: A Cambodian Odyssey.
Voices from the Gulag: Life and Death in Communist Bulgaria.
A World Apart: The Journal of a Gulag Survivor.
Beijing Coma: A Novel.
Cancer Ward: A Novel.
Chronicle of a Blood Merchant: A Novel.
This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen: And Other Stories.
Time Forward!.
"A Wagon of Shoes," "A Day in the Hands of the Stormtroopers," "My Mother".
Woman from Shanghai: Tales of Survival from a Chinese Labor Camp.
Influence on Families.
Between Two Homelands: Letters across the Borders of Nazi Germany.
Burned Child Seeks the Fire.
Burying the Typewriter: A Memoir.
Ester and Ruzya: How My Grandmothers Survived Hitler’s War and Stalin’s Peace.
Family Sayings.
Finding Manana: A Memoir of a Cuban Exodus.
In the Absence of Sun: A Korean American Woman's Promise to Reunite Three Lost Generations of Family.
My Father's Country.
Only Hope: Coming of Age under China’s One-Child Policy.
Stay Alive, My Son.
Thirty Years in a Red House: A Memoir of Childhood and Youth in Communist China.
This Is Paradise!: My North Korean Childhood.
The Fate of a Man.
Life and Fate.
The Rice Sprout Song.
Sofia Petrovna.
Velvet Totalitarianism: Post-Stalinist Romania.
Transformation of Generations.
Blood Red Sunset: A Memoir of the Chinese Cultural Revolution.
Child of the Revolution: Growing up in Castro's Cuba.
China Candid: The People on the People's Republic.
China Witness: Voices from a Silent Generation.
Generation Exodus: The Fate of Young Jewish Refugees from Nazi Germany.
A Mountain of Crumbs.
Not I: Memoirs of a German Childhood.
On Hitler’s Mountain: Overcoming the Legacy of a Nazi Childhood.
The Perfect Nazi: Uncovering My Grandfather's Secret Past.
Red Love: The Story of an East German Family.
Six Chapters from My Life "Downunder".
Socialism is Great!: A Worker's Memoir of the New China.
Boy in the Twilight: Stories of the Hidden China.
The Galosh: And Other Stories.
Generations of Winter.
The Land of Green Plums: A Novel.
A Price on His Head.
Arts and Culture.
Albert Speer: Conversations with Hitler's Architect.
Born Red: A Chronicle of the Cultural Revolution.
Dancing with Cuba: A Memoir of the Revolution.
Fifty Russian Winters: An American Woman's Life in the Soviet Union.
From Buchenwald to Carnegie Hall.
Galina: A Russian Story.
Hope Against Hope: A Memoir.
I, Maya Plisetskaya.
Mao's Last Dancer.
Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing.
Rodion Shchedrin: Autobiographical Memories.
The Secret Piano: From Mao's Labor Camps to Bach's Goldberg Variations.
Shush! Growing Up Jewish Under Stalin.
Under a Red Sky: Memoir of a Childhood in Communist Romania.
Chess Story.
Going Under.
The Line: A Novel.
Totalitarianism and Posterity.
Catfish and Mandala.
The File: A Personal History.
The Hole in the Flag: A Romanian Exile's Story of Return and Revolution.
The Mark of Cain: Guilt and Denial in the Post-War Lives of Nazi Perpetrators.
Who Loves You Like This.
Day of the Oprichnik: A Novel.
Death Fugue.
Fahrenheit 451.
Gottland: Mostly True Stories from Half of Czechoslovakia.
The Handmaid's Tale.
Nineteen Eighty-Four.
The Time: Night.
The Trial.
The Unknown Citizen.
V for Vendetta.
Concepts of Everyday Totalitarianism.
Beyond Totalitarianism: Stalinism and Nazism Compared.
The Captive Mind.
A Doctrine of Fascism.
Mein Kampf.
The Origins of Totalitarianism.
Red Star over China.
The Results of the First Five Year Plan.
Total Mobilization.
Totalitarian Dictatorship and Autocracy.
"The Way to the Total State" and "Further Development of the Total State in Germany".
Historical Accounts.
The Firm: The Inside Story of the Stasi.
Forgotten Voices of Mao's Great Famine, 1958-1962: An Oral History.
Four Women: Living the Revolution: An Oral History of Contemporary Cuba.
Frauen: German Women Recall the Third Reich.
German Voices: Memories of Life during Hitler's Third Reich.
Growing Up in the People's Republic: Conversations between Two Daughters of China's Revolution.
In Hitler's Germany: Everyday Life in the Third Reich.
Inside the Third Reich.
Life at the Edge of the Empire: Oral Histories of Soviet Kyrgyzstan.
The Men with the Pink Triangle: The True Life-and-Death Story of Homosexuals in the Nazi Death Camps.
The Order Has Been Carried Out: History, Memory, and Meaning of a Nazi Massacre in Rome.
A Revolution of Their Own: Voices of Women in Soviet History.
Russia Speaks: An Oral History from the Revolution to the Present.
Soviet Baby Boomers: An Oral History of Russia's Cold War Generation.
Ten Years of Madness: Oral Histories of China’s Cultural Revolution.
Tiananmen Exiles: Voices of the Struggle for Democracy in China.
Voices from the Third Reich: An Oral History.
What We Knew: Terror, Mass Murder, and Everyday Life in Nazi Germany: An Oral History.
The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia.
Witness to Transformation: Refugee Insights into North Korea.
The Women of Izmaelovka: A Soviet Union Collective Farm in Siberia.
Totalitarian Propaganda.
The Buchenwald Child: Truth, Fiction, and Propaganda.
Comrade Pavlik: The Rise and Fall of a Soviet Boy Hero.
Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee: A Look inside North Korea.
The Goebbels Diaries, 1939-1941.
The Joseph Stalin White Sea-Baltic Canal: The History of Its Construction.
Leni Riefenstahl.
My Father Il Duce: A Memoir by Mussolini's Son.
Popular Opinion in Stalin's Russia: Terror, Propaganda and Dissent, 1934-1941.
Armoured Train 14-69.
Horst Wessel Song.
How the Steel Was Tempered.
The Internationale: The Letters of Tank Gunner Karl Fuchs, 1937-1941.
Keep the Red Flag Flying.
Mess-Mend: Yankees in Petrograd.
The Poisonous Mushroom and The Poodle-Pug-Dachshund-Pinscher.
The Widow Tian and Her Pumpkins.
Witnessing Everyday Totalitarianism.
Bitter Waters: Life and Work in Stalin's Russia.
Crossing the River: A Memoir of the American Left, the Cold War, and Life in East Germany.
Destined to Witness: Growing Up Black in Nazi Germany.
Diary 1937-1943.
Experiment in Occupation: Witness to the Turnabout: Anti-Nazi War to Cold War, 1944–1946.
Gulag Voices: Oral Histories of Soviet Incarceration and Exile.
I Will Bear Witness: A Diary of the Nazi Years, 1933-1945.
An Interrupted Life: The Diaries of Etty Hillesum, 1941-1943.
Intimacy and Terror: Soviet Diaries of the 1930s.
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea.
Picnic at the Iron Curtain: A Memoir: From the Fall of the Berlin Wall to Ukraine's Orange Revolution.
Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Premier Zhao.
The Private Life of Chairman Mao: The Memoirs of Mao's Personal Physician.
Revolution on My Mind: Writing a Diary under Stalin.
Secret Diary from Red China.
This I Cannot Forget: The Memoirs of Nikolai Bukharin's Widow.
Why Hitler Came into Power.
Words to Outlive Us: Eyewitness Accounts from the Warsaw Ghetto.
Humorous and Satirical Reactions.
Animal Farm.
The Assault: A Novel.
Behind the Red Mist.
The Civil Servant's Notebook.
The Elephant.
The Engineer of Human Souls.
The Fat Years: A Novel.
The Fatal Eggs.
The Fur Hat.
The Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin.
Omon Ra.
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.
Scenes from the Bathhouse: And Other Stories of Communist Russia.
State of Siege.
Tiny Revolutions in Russia: Twentieth-Century Soviet and Russian History in Anecdotes.
Experimental Expressions.
Piggy Foxy and the Sword of Revolution: Bolshevik Self-Portraits.
Darkness at Noon.
Fear and Misery in the Third Reich.
It Can't Happen Here.
Little Green: Growing Up During the Chinese Cultural Revolution.
Mario and the Magician.
The Master and Margarita.
Moscow to the End of the Line.
To Those That Follow in Our Wake.
The Trial Begins.
W, or the Memory of Childhood.
The White Plague.
The Zone: A Prison Camp Guard's Story.

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