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The passing of an illusion : the idea of communism in the twentieth century

Author: François Furet
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The late Francois Furet was acknowledged as this century's preeminent historian of the French Revolution. But several years before his untimely death, he turned his attention to the consequences and aftermath of another critical revolution in the history of the modern world - the Communist revolution. The result, Le passe d'une illusion, was published initially in France, where it was critically acclaimed and went  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: François Furet
ISBN: 0226273407 9780226273402
OCLC Number: 39739764
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Description: xiii, 596 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 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.
Other Titles: Passé d'une illusion.
Responsibility: François Furet ; translated by Deborah Furet.
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A study of Communism and a history of the myth of Communism as perpetuated by its admirers. This book illuminates how the support for Communism and its embodiment, the Soviet Union, became virtually  Read more...

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