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Description - The Passing of an Illusion by Francois Furet

A study of Communism and a history of the myth of Communism as perpetuated by its admirers. Francois Furet illuminates how the support for Communism and its embodiment, the Soviet Union, became virtually synonymous with "anti-Fascism" and how this strategic arrangement reverberated through the West. During the first half of the 20th century, to be against the Soviet Union (and its Communism), argues Furet, was tantamount to betraying the fight against Fascism, despite the fact that both Fascism and Communism ultimately spring from the same nationalist impulse. Thus the struggle against Fascism resulted in the sanitizing or glorification of Communism. This whitewashing of the Soviet regime's excesses not only kept alive the myth and attractiveness of the Communist promise but had complex moral, intellectual, and political ramifications for the West. This book is a history of the ideological passions that have fueled and characterized the modern era. It serves as an effort to revise the understanding of the 20th century at the "fin de siecle".

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226273419
ISBN-10: 0226273415
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 600
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Francois Furet

Francois 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 Academie Francaise, 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."

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