Norman Naimark: Genocide, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, and Absolute Power | Lex Fridman Podcast #248

Norman Naimark: Genocide, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, and Absolute Power | Lex Fridman Podcast #248

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EPISODE LINKS:
Norman's Website: https://history.stanford.edu/people/norman-naimark
Stalin's Genocides (book): https://amzn.to/3oO0Hzb
Stalin and the Fate of Europe (book): https://amzn.to/3pLbWrk
Books & resources mentioned:
The Origins of Totalitarianism (book): https://amzn.to/3oNDSvA
Man's Search for Meaning (book): https://amzn.to/3pMzs7d
Radio Majdanek (Research Paper): https://bit.ly/3GxPEAb

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OUTLINE:
0:00 - Introduction
0:20 - Stalin and absolute power
14:17 - Dictators and genocide
38:43 - What is genocide
48:50 - Human nature and suffering
1:18:35 - Mao's Great Leap Forward
1:25:49 - North Korea
1:29:42 - Our role in fighting against atrocities
1:38:38 - China
1:42:47 - Hopes for the future and technology
1:57:40 - Advice for young people
2:00:27 - Love and tragedy

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