Dictatorship in the Modern World

Guy Stanton Ford, editor

Full of meat for strong minds.

American Political Science Review

Dictatorship in the Modern World was first published in 1935. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.

“The wisdom of the ages turned on the problem of the hour,” says Charles A. Beard of this thoughtful and thought-provoking volume. Fourteen scholars, American and European, under the guidance of the president of a great university (himself a distinguished historian) have cooperated to provide a cool and dispassionate survey such as only the historical approach can give. Here is a world view, a balanced presentation, covering more aspects of the problem of dictatorship than have been brought together in any other single volume.

Guy Stanton Ford was dean of the graduate school, professor of history, and president of the University of Minnesota. He is the author of On and Off the Campus (Minnesota, 1938).

Full of meat for strong minds.

American Political Science Review

If dictators were philosophers they would read a book like this.

Political Science Quarterly

A remarkable volume. The essays are brilliant, brief, and to the point.


First rate.

Foreign Affairs

An uncommonly rewarding book about a phenomenon of vital concern.

Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

Recommended for its long view, for its calmness and its sense of historical relativity.

Christian Science Monitor

Required reading for those who do not wish to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ without some knowledge of the subject.

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