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Reflections on a Ravaged Century / Edition 1
     

Reflections on a Ravaged Century / Edition 1

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by Robert Conquest
 

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ISBN-10: 0393320863

ISBN-13: 2900393320861

Pub. Date: 03/28/2001

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

In the philosophical tradition of George Orwell and Isaiah Berlin, Robert Conquest presents a brilliant work of history and meditation, one that examines the political ideologies that have corrupted the twentieth century and, in the process, sent millions to the slaughterhouse. The main responsibility for our century's cataclysms, Conquest maintains, lies not in

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In the philosophical tradition of George Orwell and Isaiah Berlin, Robert Conquest presents a brilliant work of history and meditation, one that examines the political ideologies that have corrupted the twentieth century and, in the process, sent millions to the slaughterhouse. The main responsibility for our century's cataclysms, Conquest maintains, lies not in impersonal economic or social forces--like revolutionary Marxism or German National Socialism--but in the distortions that polluted human minds with the detritus of absolutist ideas. Conquest finds the failure to understand these phenomena as epidemic in Western civic culture, which has so far--barely--prevailed. Whether discussing Kierkegaard or Koestler or the disasters posed by the new European Economic Union, Conquest has a remarkable ability to fuse literature and history, philosophy and prognostication, and presents here a grand synthesis of our century, seen through its most deeply flawed ideologies.

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ISBN-13:
2900393320861
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Introductionxi
Part IMindslaughter
Chapter IHistory's Battleground3
Chapter IIThe Culture of Sanity20
Chapter IIIThe Marxist Irruption: How and Why34
Chapter IVThe Nation: Hope and Hysteria (Nationality, Nationalism, Fascism, National Socialism)57
Chapter VTotalitarian Party--Totalitarian State73
Chapter VIInto the Soviet Morass85
Chapter VIIThe Great Error: Soviet Myths and Western Minds115
Chapter VIIILaunching the Cold War150
Chapter IXMissiles and Mind-sets: The Cold War Continues166

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Reflections on a Ravaged Century 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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A sophisticated narrative that whilst comprehensive is never verbose. Conquest has the foresight that predicted the final collapse of the Soviet Union as a function of its philosophical contradictions and for the same his appeal at suggesting the next likely steps that could unfold make for compelling reading. Whilst his critics before were certainly vocal then they seem to have misunderstood the clear essence of his hypothesis that is so calmly based on the underlying philosophical tenets. And it is with that appreciation that one can see how easily a future alignment between the US, UK, Australia. Canada and New Zealand (Anglosphere) can take place as we recently bore witness to as Saddam's regime was removed from power as a function of US, UK and Australian forces. Some may critique this, but as a brave historian who got it right before Conquest cannot be dismissed so easily. I look forward to more of the same.