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Democracy and populism : fear & hatred

Author: John Lukacs
Publisher: New Haven, Conn. ; London : Yale University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This 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 democracy has changed and why we have become vulnerable to the shallowest possible demagoguery.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Lukacs
ISBN: 0300116934 9780300116939
OCLC Number: 63396725
Notes: Originally published: 2005.
Includes index.
Description: p. 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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