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How to Compare Dictatorships? Cultures of Surveillance in Franco’s Spain and Communist Eastern Europe in Context

In: East Central Europe
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José M. FaraldoDepartment of Modern and Contemporary history, Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain, jmfarald@ucm.es

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Abstract

The article explores if Francoism was different to other totalitarian regimes of the twentieth century, focusing on the example of surveillance and its central meaning for modern dictatorships. As a case study, the article analyzes this through a comparative examination of the political police in Spain and in Eastern and Central Europe. The paper shows the general lines of the conceptualization of modern secret police, inserting them in a wider European context.

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