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

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Franand#231;ois Furet needs little introduction. Widely considered one of the leading historians of the French Revolution, he was a maverick for his time, shining a critical light on the entrenched Marxist interpretations that prevailed during the mid-twentieth century. Shortly after his death in 1997, theand#160;New York Review of Booksand#160;called him and#147;one of the most influential men in contemporary France.and#8221;and#160;Lies, Passions, and Illusionsand#160;is a fitting capstone to this celebrated authorand#8217;s oeuvre: a late-career conversation with philosopher Paul Ricoeur on the twentieth century writ large, a century of violence and turmoil, of unprecedented wealth and progress, in which history advanced, for better or worse, in quantum leaps.

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This conversation would be, sadly, Furetand#8217;s lastand#151;he died while Ricoeur was completing his edits. Ricoeur did not want to publish his half without Furetand#8217;s approval, so what remains is Furetand#8217;s alone, an astonishingly cohesive meditation on the political passions of the twentieth century. With strokes at once broad and incisive, he examines the many different trajectories that nations of the West have followed over the past hundred years. It is a dialogue with history as it happened but also as a form of thought. It is a dialogue with his critics, with himself, and with those major thinkersand#151;from Tocqueville to Hannah Arendtand#151;whose ideas have shaped our understanding of the tragic dramas and upheavals of the modern era. It is a testament to the crucial role of the historian, a reflection on how history is made and lived, and how the imagination is a catalyst for political change. Whether new to Furet or deeply familiar with his work, readers will find thought-provoking assessments on every page, a deeply moving look back at one of the most tumultuous periods of history and how we might learn and look forward from it.and#160;

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Synopsis:

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 the modern era.

Synopsis:

Written by one of the twentieth century's preeminent historians, Le passé d'une illusion is a penetrating history of the ideological passions that have fueled and characterized the modern era.

About the Author

François Furet (1927-1997), educator and author, was a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor and was elected, in 1997, to become one of the "Forty Immortals" of the Académie Française, the highest intellectual honor in France. His many books include Interpreting the French Revolution, Marx and the French Revolution, and Revolutionary France. Deborah Furet, his widow, collaborated with him on many projects.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

1. The Revolutionary Passion

2. World War I

3. The Universal Spell of October

4. Believers and Unbelievers

5. Socialism in One Country

6. Communism and Fascism

7. Communism and Anti-Fascism

8. Anti-Fascist Culture

9. World War II

10. Communism at the End of World War II

11. Cold War Communism

12. The Beginning of the End

Epilogue

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226273419
Translator:
Furet, Deborah Kan
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Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Communism & Socialism
Subject:
Political History
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Communism & Socialism
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Politics-Leftist Studies
Subject:
France
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20001231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 halftone
Pages:
600
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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