By Vladimir Tismaneanu
The satan in History is a provocative research of the connection among communism and fascism. Reflecting the author’s own stories inside of communist totalitarianism, this can be a publication approximately political passions, radicalism, utopian beliefs, and their catastrophic effects within the 20th century’s experiments in social engineering. Vladimir Tismaneanu brilliantly compares communism and fascism as competing, occasionally overlapping, and sometimes strikingly comparable structures of political totalitarianism. He examines the inherent ideological charm of those radical, progressive political routine, the visions of salvation and revolution they pursued, the price and kinds of air of mystery of leaders inside of those political pursuits, where of violence inside those structures, and their legacies in modern politics.
The writer discusses thinkers who've formed modern knowing of totalitarian movements—people reminiscent of Hannah Arendt, Raymond Aron, Isaiah Berlin, Albert Camus, François Furet, Tony Judt, Ian Kershaw, Leszek Kolakowski, Richard Pipes, and Robert C. Tucker. As a lot a theoretical research of the sensible philosophies of Marxism-Leninism and Fascism because it is a political biography of specific figures, this e-book bargains with the incarnation of diabolically nihilistic rules of human subjugation and conditioning within the identify of possibly natural and purifying targets.
Ultimately, the writer claims that no ideological dedication, irrespective of how soaking up, should still ever be triumphant over the sanctity of human lifestyles. He involves the realization that no celebration, stream, or chief holds the perfect to dictate to the fans to give up their serious colleges and to embody a pseudo-miraculous, a mystically self-centered, delusional imaginative and prescient of vital happiness.