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Title:
Past imperfect French intellectuals, 1944-1956
Author:
Judt, Tony.
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9780814743577
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Publication Information:
New York : New York University Press, c2011. (Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2015)
Physical Description:
1 online resource (x, 348 p. )
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UPCC book collections on Project MUSE.
Contents:
pt. 1. The force of circumstance? -- Decline and fall : the French intellectual community at the end of the Third Republic -- In the light of experience : the "lessons" of defeat and occupation -- Resistance and revenge : the semantics of commitment in the aftermath of liberation -- What is political justice? : philosophical anticipations of the Cold War -- pt. 2. The blood of others -- Show Thais : political terror in the East European mirror, 1947-1953 -- The blind force of history : the philosophical case for terror -- Today things are clear : doubts, dissent, and awakenings -- pt. 3. The treason of the intellectuals -- The sacrifices of the Russian people : a phenomenology of intellectual Russophilia -- About the East we can do nothing : of double standards and bad faith -- America has gone mad : anti-Americanism in historical perspective -- We must not disillusion the workers : on the self-abnegation and elective affinities of the intellectual -- pt. 4. The Middle Kingdom -- Liberalism, there is the enemy -- On some peculiarities of French political thought -- Gesta Dei per Francos : Theú Frenchness of French intellectuals -- Europe and the French intellectuals -- The responsibilities of power -- Conclusion: Goodbye to all that?
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" Past Imperfect is a forthright and uncommonly damning study of those intellectually volatile years [1944-1956]. Mr. Judt...does more than simply describe the ideological acrobats of his subjects; he is a sharp, even a vindictive moralist who indicts these intellectuals for their inhumanity in failing to test their political thought against political reality."

- John Sturrock , New York Times Book Review