Dictatorship and Political Police Patterns of Peacemaking

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BOTH these books are concerned with the background of a world awaiting reconstruction ; the first with the psychological problem of the working of secret police systems, the second with the broader picture of the factors involved in the process of peacemaking. Both were written in 1944, and therefore suffer, to some extent, from the rapid inarch of events since that time ; but the authors of both books have striven to reveal the principles underlying fleeting events, and their appreciation of situations has not been invalidated by more recent happenings. Both volumes provide an invaluable compendium of information, reasonably complete up to the time of their preparation, and are well documented. They are both, that is to say, examples of what the scientific historian can contribute to the study of contemporary events.

Dictatorship and Political Police

The Technique of Control by Fear. By Dr. E. K. Bramstedt. (International Library of Sociology and Social Reconstruction.) Pp. x + 275. (London: Kegan Paul and Co., Ltd., 1945.) 15s. net.

Patterns of Peacemaking

By Dr. David Thomson Dr. E. Meyer A. Briggs. (International Library of Sociology and Social Reconstruction.) Pp. viii + 399. (London: Kegan Paul and Co., Ltd., 1945.) 21s. net.

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BRUCE, M. Dictatorship and Political Police Patterns of Peacemaking. Nature 157, 534–535 (1946). https://doi.org/10.1038/157534a0

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