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Hoover Institution Workshop on Totalitarian Regimes

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.

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January 17, 2014

Women of the Gulag featured in Tablet Magazine

Women of the Gulag: Portraits of Five Remarkable Lives by Hoover fellow Paul Gre

Cultural correspondent Vladislav Davidzon featured Hoover fellow Paul Gregory’s  Women of the Gulag: Stories of Five Remarkable Lives and Gregory and Marianna Yarovskaya’s documentary film of the same name in the January 8 edition of Tablet Magazine.

December 16, 2013

Professor Matthew Johnson: "Wartime Origins of China's Propaganda State"

Professor Matthew Johnson spoke about

From August 5 to August 15, 2013, the conference “Revisiting Modern China at the Hoover Institution Library and Archives” was conducted at Stanford University. Professor Matthew Johnson spoke on “Wartime Origins of China's Propaganda State” on August 6.

October 8, 2013

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

The Stalin Cult: A Study in the Alchemy of Power by Jan Plamper.

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.

August 21, 2013

Penelope Van Tuyl presents a talk entitled "Capturing and Preserving Documentary and Testimonial Evidence of Khmer Rouge Atrocity"

Penelope Van Tuyl presents a talk entitled
Image credit: Mark Harrison

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.

August 16, 2013

Revisiting China at the Hoover Archives: Hoover holds summer workshop on modern China

From L to R: Grace Huang and Hoover fellow Lanhee Chen.
Image credit: Janet Chang

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.

August 14, 2013

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

Women of the Gulag: Portraits of Five Remarkable Lives by Hoover fellow Paul Gre

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.

July 30, 2013

Stephen Kotkin's talk to be titled "Stalin's Collectivization: Crime of the Century or Necessity?"

Stalin at the Tehran Conference in 1943.

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.

July 29, 2013

Lisa Blaydes speaks about her research in Hoover’s Ba’ath Party Archives

Lisa Blaydes speaks at the 2013 Workshop on Totalitarian Regimes
Image credit: Mark Harrison

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.

July 24, 2013

Hoover Fellow Mark Harrison discusses the secret police

From left: Hoover fellows Paul Gregory, Eric Wakin, and Mark Harrison.

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.”