Hoover's Workshop on Totalitarian Regimes studies the history and development of totalitarian regimes in order to understand why they came into being, how they work, and the sources of their durability. By bringing scholars together who study the different regimes, the workshop promotes the comparative study of modes of personal dictatorship, of institutions of coercion and repression, and of the economic and social consequences of totalitarian rule. The workshop's principal resources are the unique and fast- growing holdings of the Hoover Archives on totalitarian regimes in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. (More information)
Paul Gregory organizes the Hoover Institution Workshop on Totalitarian Regimes.
Jan Plamper’s The Stalin Cult: A Study in the Alchemy of Power has been named the outstanding monograph by the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Jan Plamper’s The Stalin Cult: A Study in the Alchemy of Power has been named the outstanding monograph published on Russia, Eastern Europe, or Eurasia in the fields of literary and cultural studies awarded annually by the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.
Paul Gregory’s discussion of his Women of the Gulag: Portraits of Five Remarkable Lives is available for viewing at C-SPAN’s Book Notes.
Penelope Van Tuyl presents a talk entitled "Capturing and Preserving Documentary and Testimonial Evidence of Khmer Rouge Atrocity"
Penelope Van Tuyl, a Hoover Visiting Fellow and Deputy Director of the UC Berkeley War Crimes Studies Center (WCSC) presented a talk entitled “Capturing and Preserving Documentary and Testimonial Evidence of Khmer Rouge Atrocity” at the 11th annual Hoover Archives Workshop on Totalitarian Regimes.
Hoover Institution Library and Archives’ first summer workshop on modern China was held between August 5 and 15, 2013, at which time nine scholars from North America and Europe explored our archival collections and shared their research with the Hoover/Stanford community.
In Women of the Gulag: Portraits of Five Remarkable Lives, Gregory highlights the tragedy among women during one of the most egregious dictatorships of the twentieth century
Hoover Institution Press released Women of the Gulag: Portraits of Five Remarkable Lives by Hoover research fellow Paul Gregory, a profound work that relied heavily on material in the Hoover Archives.
Collectivization is one of the most studied aspects of Soviet history. This talk by Professor Stephen Kotkin will reexamine Stalin’s decision making and the formation of the totalitarian system by putting the audience inside Stalin’s head.
Lisa Blaydes, assistant professor of political science at Stanford University and a Hoover national fellow, spoke Tuesday about her research in the Hoover Institution’s Ba’ath Party Archives, which were acquired through the Iraq Memory Foundation.
Mark Harrison, a Hoover fellow Warwick University professor, spoke Monday on his research in the Hoover Archives Lithuanian KGB Collection before an audience of international scholars, Hoover fellows, and Stanford faculty, attending the 11th annual Hoover Archives Workshop on Totalitarian Regimes. His talk was entitled: “What Do Secret Policemen Really Do: Preventive Surveillance; Evidence from the Archives of the Lithuanian KGB.”
Two Hoover fellows were invited to deliver the inaugural Gaidar lectures. Mark Harrison spoke on “Stumbling Bear, Soaring Dragon: Could the Soviet Union Have Gone Down China’s Path?” on April 17. The video can be viewed at http://lectures.gaidarfund.ru/articles/1663. Hoover fellow Paul Gregory followed on April 22 with a lecture entitled “Economic Causes of the Collapse of the Soviet Union.” His lecture can be viewed at http://lectures.gaidarfund.ru/articles/1683.
When the Soviet Union collapsed at the end of 1991, its vast ranks of bureaucrats and party officials successfully transitioned into post-Soviet business and politics. Twenty years later, those same party and state officials, who populated the ranks of the elite nomenklatura or had begun their ascent up the communist ladder, are among the most successful.