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

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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 brilliantly ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 28th 2012 by University of California Press (first published 2012)
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Riet
Jan 11, 2014 Riet rated it it was amazing
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
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Jan 11, 2014 Cosmin rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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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, înseamnă prăbușirea completă a ...more
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Vladimir Tismăneanu is a Romanian and American political scientist, political analyst, sociologist, and professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. A specialist in political systems and comparative politics, he is director of the University of Maryland's Center for the Study of Post-Communist Societies, having served as chairman of the editorial committee (2004–2008) and editor ...more
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