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The dragons of expectation : reality and delusion in the course of history

Author: Robert Conquest
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A philosophical defense of modern civilization traces the consequences of seductive ideas throughout history, analyzing how false nostrums have led to corruption within every type of government and in the academic world.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Conquest
ISBN: 0393059332 9780393059335
OCLC Number: 56419687
Description: xv, 256 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Heads above water and vice versa --
Lemming lore --
Harpooning some word-whales --
Choose your enlightenment --
After utopia --
Internationalism, supranationalism --
Slouching towards Byzantium --
1917 : "revolution" and reality --
Revolutionary high finance : some notes on a neglected theme --
Into the planned economy --
Inside the new society --
With and against Hitler --
Cold war : heated imaginations --
A gaggle of misleaders --
A collapse of unreality --
The whys of art --
Bureaucracies and barbarism --
Awake to affirmation --
"No one foresaw the collapse of the Soviet system" --
An Anglosphere in the neosphere (a political exercise).
Other Titles: Reality and delusion in the course of history
Responsibility: Robert Conquest.
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A philosophical defense of modern civilization traces the consequences of seductive ideas throughout history, analyzing how false nostrums have led to corruption within every type of government and in the academic world.

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