Reflections on A Ravaged Century

Reflections on A Ravaged Century

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Baker & Taylor
A look at the twentieth century examines the factors and events that have sent millions to their deaths, discussing the philosophies that have caused so much conflict, as well as what the future may hold for the human race.

Norton Pub
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.

Book News
This work of history, literature, philosophy, and prognostication rests on the argument that 20th-century attempts at genocide are less due to impersonal social and economic forces than to mental distortions produced by ideologies like revolutionary Marxism and National Socialism. Conquest (research fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford U.) also predicts cataclysms-to-come, for example, a catastrophe produced by formation of the European Union, which, the author calls, an economic, cultural, and geographical misconception that will divide the West and ultimately fail. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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& Taylor

A look at the twentieth century examines the factors and events that have sent millions to their deaths, discussing the philosophies that have caused so much conflict, as well as what the future may hold for the human race

Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton, c2000
ISBN: 9780393048186
0393048187
Branch Call Number: 909.82 CON
Characteristics: xv. 317 p. ; 25 cm

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