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Ideological Storms

Intellectuals, Dictators, and the Totalitarian Temptation

This volume gathers authors who wrote important works in the fields of the history of ideologies, the comparative study of dictatorships, and intellectual history. The book is a state of the art reassessment and analysis of the ideological commitments of intellectuals and their relationships with dictatorships during the twentieth century. The contributions focus on turning points or moments of breakage as well as on the continuities. Though its focus is on an East–West comparison in Europe, there are texts also dealing with Latin America, China, and the Middle East giving the book a global outlook. The first part of the book deals with intellectuals' involvement with communist regimes or parties; the second looks at the persistence of utopianism in the trajectory of intellectuals who had been associated earlier in their lives with either communism or fascism; the third tackles intellectuals' role in national imaginations from either the left or the right; and, the fourth ties late twentieth century phenomena to current phenomena such as the persistence of anti-Semitism in the West, the slow erosion of the values upon which the EU is built, the quagmire in Iraq, and China's rise in the post-Cold War era. The collection provides a comprehensive big-picture of intellectual genealogies and dictatorial developments.

About the Authors

Vladimir Tismaneanu is Professor of politics and Director of the Center for the Study of Post-communist Societies at University of Maryland (College Park). Bogdan C. Iacob is Post Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Exeter.

Reviews

"Ideological Storms showcases prominent, established, and regionally well-known scholars based in the US and Europe. The volume contributes to the study of totalitarian regimes, intellectual history and the history of ideas in Eastern Europe. Enthusiasts of intellectual history will truly enjoy this collection, the new take on better known and hitherto underexplored case studies; and those curious to explore the 'Ideological Storms' of Europe's mid-twentieth century will find much inspiration."https://www.comparativ.net/v2/issue/view/168—Victoria Harms, Comparativ

Endorsements

"Ideological Storms is another terrific collection edited by Vladimir Tismaneanu and Bogdan C. Iacob for Central European University Press. Leading with a superb introductory essay by the editors, the volume brings together twenty of the top intellectual historians in Europe and North America to discuss "the totalitarian temptation." The book should be of great interest to historians of twentieth-century Europe, scholars of communism and postcommunism, and anyone who cares about the fate of liberal democracy in dark times. I highly recommend it."—Jeffrey C. Isaac, James H. Rudy Professor of Political Science Indiana University, Bloomington"The slogan "speaking truth to power" assumes that intellectuals are more willing than others to challenge the highest authorities. The superb collection of essays in Ideological Storms, edited by Vladimir Tismaneanu and Bogdan C. Iacob, raises serious doubts about this notion. Far from wanting to challenge murderous despots, intellectuals over the past century have been eager to rationalize and glorify extreme abuses of power. All too often, the world's most repressive tyrants have attracted legions of myrmidons willing to sing their praises. Courageous intellectuals like Václav Havel and Nelson Mandela have been far more the exception than the norm. This book, bringing together many of the world's leading experts on the relationship between intellectuals and brutal dictatorships, will allow readers to understand why intellectuals so often have been willing to abet tyranny rather than challenge it."—Mark Kramer
Central European University Press

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