The Devil in History: Communism, Fascism, and Some Lessons of the Twentieth Century

The Devil in History Communism Fascism and Some Lessons of the Twentieth Century The Devil in History is a provocative analysis of the relationship between communism and fascism Reflecting the author s personal experiences within communist totalitarianism this is a book about pol

  • Title: The Devil in History: Communism, Fascism, and Some Lessons of the Twentieth Century
  • Author: Vladimir Tismăneanu
  • ISBN: 9780520239722
  • Page: 443
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Devil in History is a provocative analysis of the relationship between communism and fascism Reflecting the author s personal experiences within communist totalitarianism, this is a book about political passions, radicalism, utopian ideals, and their catastrophic consequences in the twentieth century s experiments in social engineering Vladimir Tismaneanu brilliantlyThe Devil in History is a provocative analysis of the relationship between communism and fascism Reflecting the author s personal experiences within communist totalitarianism, this is a book about political passions, radicalism, utopian ideals, and their catastrophic consequences in the twentieth century s experiments in social engineering Vladimir Tismaneanu brilliantly compares communism and fascism as competing, sometimes overlapping, and occasionally strikingly similar systems of political totalitarianism He examines the inherent ideological appeal of these radical, revolutionary political movements, the visions of salvation and revolution they pursued, the value and types of charisma of leaders within these political movements, the place of violence within these systems, and their legacies in contemporary politics.The author discusses thinkers who have shaped contemporary understanding of totalitarian movements people such as Hannah Arendt, Raymond Aron, Isaiah Berlin, Albert Camus, Fran ois Furet, Tony Judt, Ian Kershaw, Leszek Kolakowski, Richard Pipes, and Robert C Tucker As much a theoretical analysis of the practical philosophies of Marxism Leninism and Fascism as it is a political biography of particular figures, this book deals with the incarnation of diabolically nihilistic principles of human subjugation and conditioning in the name of presumably pure and purifying goals Ultimately, the author claims that no ideological commitment, no matter how absorbing, should ever prevail over the sanctity of human life He comes to the conclusion that no party, movement, or leader holds the right to dictate to the followers to renounce their critical faculties and to embrace a pseudo miraculous, a mystically self centered, delusional vision of mandatory happiness.

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    1. De titel dekt niet helemaal de lading. Het gaat inderdaad over fascisme en communism in de afgelopen eeuw, maar natuurlijk heft het actieve communisme veel langer geduurd en de schrijver is opgegroeid in een communistische staat, Roemenie.Het boek is bijzonder helder geschreven, geen onduidelijk gewauwel. De schrijver toont overdudelijk aan, dat nostalgie naar het begin van het communisme onder Lenin volledig misplaatst is. Lenin zelf legde al de grondslag voor alle verschrikkelijke excessen. Da [...]

    2. Contrary to the title the focus of the book lies with communism and its two main incarnations leninism and stalinism. The topic of fascism is brought up less often, most of the times to highlight the differences between the two philosophies. THe book is very well documented, the author providing numerous references to other relevant publications by well established scholars. As Tismaneanu is Romanian-born sometimes there are more references to the Romanian communist regimes and their actions. I [...]

    3. Poate că sistemul occidental e defectuos în multe aspecte sociale dar este, până la urmă, un sistem democratic complet operațional, nu o dictatură. Aș fi cu siguranță de acord că democrațiile occidentale nu au nici ele astăzi un sistem de valori unanim acceptat, dar, în vreme pierderea unei astfel de sistem într-o democrație reală este contrabalansată de interacțiunea unei largi varietăți de instituții democratice, pierderea ideologiei într-o societate totalitară, înseam [...]

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