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Dictatorship: Its History and Theory
Dictatorship: Its History and Theory
By Alfred Cobban
Scribner, 1939, 352 pp

A more philosophical work than Mr. Carr's, but not as easy reading. Dr. Cobban finds the origins of the present-day dictatorship in the early modern theories on the sovereignty of the state. Since the French Revolution the state has come to include the nation, with the result that the totalitarian nation-state has become a Frankenstein that must at all costs be replaced by a form of political organization less all-powerful.