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War and Revolution: Rethinking the Twentieth Century

4.4  ·  Rating details ·  55 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
War and Revolution is an original rereading of contemporary history, linking trends of historical revisionism in historiography to an investigation of fundamental philosophical and political categories, such as international civil war, revolution, totalitarianism and genocide. Losurdo begins from the revisionist theses of Ernst Nolte on the Holocaust and of François Furet ...more
Hardcover, 359 pages
Published February 3rd 2015 by Verso (first published December 30th 2014)
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Domhnall
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics, history
“If we do not appreciate its compound of horror and emancipation, we are ill placed to understand anything of the twentieth century,...” [p306]

This amazing book starts out at full speed and never slows down. It continues an argument already introduced in "Liberalism - A Counter History", by the same author, and anticipates no doubt its continuation in a further volume. The material is copious and that has a logic to it. Those who appeal for brevity and a simple, clear argument, must be reminded
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Peter Mcloughlin
It got a little better at the end but most of this book was pretty dry despite having my political sympathy for the subject this book was in danger of getting three stars. The author writes on modern revisionism and the smack talking of revolutionary and left-wing movements of the 20th century. The example of Stalin and every other left wing bogey man is used as a bulwark for the neoliberal order and a discouragement to political action for the downtrodden. This is why I sympathize with the auth ...more
tom bomp
Feb 05, 2015 marked it as paused
although i understand why i feel he sometimes tries to get into the logic of the people he's criticising too intensely? like so that he doesn't look at alternative analysis or moral stuff... idk i can't explain. it's a book about a lot of heavy stuff and have a lot of thoughts and i want to do justice both to the book and the people who suffered the tragedies talked about and be careful about how things are talked about in the book
Jayden gonzalez
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
technically written before liberalism a counter history but : it mostly retreads stuff thats in there.
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