The devil in history : communism, fascism, and some lessons of the twentieth century / Vladimir Tismaneanu.

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  • ISBN: 9780520239722 (cloth : acid-free paper)
  • ISBN: 0520239725 (cloth : acid-free paper)
  • Physical Description: xiv, 320 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, c2012.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Prologue : totalitarian dictators and ideological hubris -- Utopian radicalism and dehumanization -- Diabolical pedagogy and the (il)logic of Stalinism -- Lenin's century : Bolshevism, Marxism, and the Russian tradition -- Dialectics of disenchantment : Marxism and ideological decay in Leninist regimes -- Ideology, utopia, and truth : lessons from Eastern Europe -- Malaise and resentment : threats to democracy in post-communist societies.
Summary, etc.: This title 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 20th century's experiments in social engineering.
The author discusses thinkers who have shaped contemporary understanding of totalitarian movements—people such as Hannah Arendt, Raymond Aron, Isaiah Berlin, Albert Camus, François 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.-- Publisher description.
Subject: Communist state > History.
Communism > History > 20th century.
Fascism > History > 20th century.
Totalitarianism > History > 20th century.