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Comparative Sociology 13 (2014) 383–409
C OMPARATIVE
SOCIOLOGY

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Defining the Revolutionary Totalitarian Personality:
The Parallel Lives of Adolf Hitler and Fidel Castro
Theodor Tudoroiu

The University of the West Indies at St. Augustine
tudoroiu@hotmail.com; theodor.tudoroiu@sta.uwi.edu

Abstract
This article compares the surprisingly similar personalities and political trajectories
of Adolf Hitler and Fidel Castro in order to define a specific, ‘revolutionary totalitarian’ type of personality. This is a union of authoritarian personality, revolutionary tendencies, and genuine charisma. Moreover, it can develop only in a modern context
allowing the creation of an effective personality cult. Politically, its outcome is a revolutionary transformation of state and society leading to the establishment of a new
system of values paralleled by the imposition of a new, totalitarian order. Ironically,
the consolidation of the new regime leads to the complete dissolution of the leader’s
revolutionary tendency, which is preserved only in foreign policy. There, however, it
can lead to extremely serious military consequences.

Keywords
revolutionary totalitarian leaders – authoritarian personality – charismatic leadership –
political psychology – Adolf Hitler – Fidel Castro

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