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The Passing of an Illusion: The Idea of Communism in the Twentieth Century

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François Furet was acknowledged as the twentieth century's preeminent historian of the French Revolution. But years before his death, he turned his attention to the consequences and aftermath of another critical revolution—the Communist revolution. The result, Le passé d'une illusion, is a penetrating history of the ideological passions that have fueled and characterized t ...more
Paperback, 600 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by University Of Chicago Press (first published January 1st 1995)
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A good and sad story, well (if somewhat idiosyncratically, at times) told. It's a little bit weird, though; we're all supposed to be "over" communism, but there's a very prominent bit of academia that can't get over how many intellectuals went in for it. I guess it's easier for me, as I'm going to be an academic one of these days, and I'm pretty sure I'm a schmuck, so it's easy for me to believe that academics can be schmucks.
Francois Furet’s The Passing of an Illusion is an intellectual history of twentieth century communism. Translated by his wife Deborah, this 1999 English edition loses none of Furet’s anti-communist sentiment, but his prose never detracts from the book’s flow. Furet argues that interwar intellectuals struggled to make sense of a schizophrenic political schema dominated by the three competing ideologies: liberalism, communism, and fascism. This era was as much about fascism as it was communism. Ea ...more
Nikola Todorić
U predgovoru za „Prilog kritici političke ekonomije“, Karl Marks tvrdi da se epohe u razvoju ljudskog društva „daju konstatovati sa tačnošću fizičkih nauka“, i da su „buržoaski odnosi proizvodnje“ (tj. kapitalizam) društvena formacija kojom se završava predistorija ljudskog društva, nakon koje nužno nastupa komunizam kao svojevrsno ispunjenje istorije čovečanstva. Fransoa Fire se u „Prošlosti jedne iluzije“ trudi da objasni zašto je ova ideja (zapravo, dve ideje – o nužnosti istorije i o propast ...more
Philippe Malzieu
Furet was Communist. He believed in the following days which sing. Budapest and Prague convinced him of his error. But the question is whole. How intelligent people could be enough stupid to believe in it.
It is well of illusion that we speak. The Communist thrived on catholic grounds because the messianism was very present.
L imposture communist is great interrogation the XX century and one still wonders why. Furet helps us to understand it
Francisco González
Un libro denso y, por momentos, repetitivo, pero que nunca deja de ser interesante por la erudición del autor y la razonada justificación de sus puntos de vista. De hecho, creo que es una obra imprescindible para entender, de una vez por todas, el porqué de la aparente superioridad moral de la izquierda y del irresistible atractivo de las ideas comunistas entre los intelectuales del siglo XX.
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