Dictators and Leadership: Lessons from Stalin and Mao
Accepted wisdom says dictators rule in an arbitrary and willful manner, with their subordinate leaders living in constant fear, always vulnerable to the dictator’s will, and always looking to defend themselves in a Hobbesian war of all against all. Gill challenges that notion by looking at two of the most heinous dictators of the 20th century, Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong.
Graeme Gill (PhD, University of London), a fall 2018 Kellogg Institute Visiting Fellow, is a political scientist who specializes in Soviet and Russian politics.
His previous work has focused on the various aspects of the development of the Soviet system from 1917 until its collapse in 1991 and on the political development of post-Soviet Russia...