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Democracy and populism : fear & hatred

Author: John Lukacs
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This intensely interesting-and troubling-book is the product of a lifetime of reflection and study of democracy. In it, John Lukacs addresses the questions of how our democracy has changed and why we have become vulnerable to the shallowest possible demagoguery. Lukacs contrasts the political systems, movements, and ideologies that have bedeviled the twentieth century: democracy, Liberalism, nationalism, fascism,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Lukacs
ISBN: 0300107730 9780300107739 0300116934 9780300116939
OCLC Number: 56614089
Notes: Includes index.
Description: viii, 248 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Tocqueville's vision of history --
The ending of "mixed" government --
"Right" and "left": their conservative misreadings --
A liberal misreading --
Conservatives and liberals --
Popular sovereignty and socialism --
Popular sovereignty and nationalism --
Nationalism and socialism --
The accumulation of opinions --
Progressive liberalism --
Progressives and populists --
Populist anti-Semitism and Germanophilia --
Nation and state --
1914: the world of yesterday? --
"Modern"? --
The Russian Revolution: a tremendous failure --
1917 and the Americanization of the world --
The failure of liberalism after 1918 --
1920-1945: the division of the world --
Misuse and misreading of "Fascism" --
Misuse and misreading of "totalitarianism" --
Misuse and misreading of national socialism as an "ideology" --
The United States in 1945 and thereafter --
The decline of the state --
The declining function of "classes" --
"Tyranny of the majority"? "Public opinion" and its misreadings --
Decline of privacy, rise of publicity --
Publicity and celebrity --
Changes in the recording and knowledge of history --
Fear and hatred --
Triumph and disappearance of "liberalism" --
The rise of criminality --
A new, profound, division --
Ideas and beliefs --
Hope, against fear.
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A product of a lifetime of reflection and study of democracy. This book addresses the question of how democracy has changed, and why we have become vulnerable to the shallowest possible demagoguery.  Read more...

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