RM Press is an in-house publisher for authors and researchers that releases non-fictional academic works in the general fields of history and political science. This service started as an offshoot of the RM Journal and serves as a platform for the publication and distribution of full-length manuscripts.
Some of our titles include:
Specters of Tyranny: An Interdisciplinary Lens on Memory, Collective Consciousness, and Authoritarian Dictatorships (2020)
Youth Under Dictators: The Indoctrination of Children in Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia (2020)
Threads of Utopia: A Concise History of the GDR and Her Uniforms (2017)
Preventing Auschwitz from Happening Again: A Multinational Empirical Study on the Contribution of Literature, Poetry, and Film in Representing the Holocaust (2017)
Specters of Tyranny
An Interdisciplinary Lens on Memory, Collective Consciousness, and Authoritarian Dictatorships
When referring to preserving the Holocaust in history, the late Elie Wiesel once asked the famous question, “How does one remember?” Expanding on Wiesel’s question, how does an individual, a group, or a society as a whole, remember authoritarian and totalitarian dictatorships? What role does memory play in shaping contemporary historical discourse? How is this historical memory transmitted from one generation to the next? How can words, images, or historical facts express authoritarianism or totalitarianism? Can literary representations and film make a difference in the way societies come to terms with tyrannical regimes? How does historical cultural socialization influence collective consciousness? Is it possible for forms of historical cultural socialization to help prevent totalitarian regimes from coming into existence in the present and future? What does it even mean to ask such fundamental questions about dictatorships when democracies engage them, provide support for, or ignore human rights abuses? The essays included in this book were presented at the Memory, Collective Consciousness, & Authoritarian Dictatorships International Conference, hosted by the Regimes Museum of Orange County, CA, on September 19, 2020. The purpose of this collection is to help find answers to some of these fundamental questions. More specifically, the aim is to analyze, explore, and understand how individuals and societies internalize, come to terms with, and preserve the memories of totalitarianism in the twentieth century from an interdisciplinary approach. By combining the expertise and knowledge of professional researchers and graduate students across multiple disciplines, it is our hope to shed new light on how individuals and societies choose to remember dictatorship in their countries and how neighboring societies have interacted with authoritarian or totalitarian dictatorships.
Youth Under Dictators
The Indoctrination of Children in Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia
The twentieth century saw the rise and fall of many authoritarian regimes. While each of these societies had unique characteristics, much of what they did to secure, hold, and expand their power and influence exposes certain similarities between dictatorships. One such feature shared by many ideology-driven regimes is their means and methods of controlling and indoctrinating their nation's youth. In the case of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, controlling the youth was a central part of what made these regimes so dangerous. The goal of this book is to explore the similarities and differences between the youth movements of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Moreover, this work aims to shed light on what ordinary Americans could have learned about the lives of young people in both regimes during World War II and, in the case of the Soviet Union, throughout the Cold War.
Threads of Utopia
A Concise History of the GDR and Her Uniforms
The end of the Second World War saw the emergence of a nation divided. The scars left behind by National Socialism and its expansionist racial war against the Soviet Union helped set the course for what would become the German Democratic Republic; a nation that would model itself after the examples set by the leaders in Moscow. Along with these efforts, the Cold War in Europe required all partners and friends of Soviet Russia to make a commitment to maintaining peace and security, which meant setting up armed forces in each of the Warsaw Pact nations including East Germany. The Threads of Utopia exhibition is a small snapshot of the GDR and a selection of her uniforms. It makes an effort to show the uniform traditions of East Germany both in the military as well as in the civil services. Juxtaposing the background and transformations of the GDR’s uniforms and related paraphernalia are stories and a concise history of the GDR that show the East German leaders’ desire to shape the lives of their citizens from cradle to grave, what happened to those who did not fit in, and how the socialist experiment ultimately collapsed.
Preventing Auschwitz From Happening Again
A Multinational Empirical Study on the Contribution of Literature, Poetry, and Film in Representing the Holocaust
Many attempts have been made since the end of World War II to represent the Holocaust, an event so traumatic that some believe it cannot be represented at all. The approaches range from historical representations, survivor accounts, theoretical and psychological representations to cultural representations including music, film, art, literature, and poetry. But is it sufficient to search for reasons and explanations to understand a catastrophe like the mass murder of the European Jewry? How can words, images, or historical facts express Auschwitz? Can literary representations and film make a difference in regards to accomplishing the ultimate goal of preventing Auschwitz from happening again?
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