Please join University of Maryland Professor Vladimir Tismăneanu on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 7.00 pm at the Cleveland Park Library as he discusses his most recent book, The Devil in History.

An analysis of the relationship between communism and fascism, this work reflects the author’s personal experiences within communist totalitarianism, and examines political passions, radicalism, utopian ideals, and their catastrophic consequences in the twentieth century’s experiments in social engineering. Vladi

mir Tismaneanu brilliantly compares communism and fascism as competing, sometimes overlapping, and occasionally strikingly similar systems of political totalitarianism. He examines the inherent ideological appeal of these radical, revolutionary political movements, the visions of salvation and revolution they pursued, the value and types of charisma of leaders within these political movements, the place of violence within these systems, and their legacies in contemporary politics.The Devil in History was recently reviewed by The Daily Beast.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing at the conclusion of the program.

Vladimir Tismăneanu is Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park, and author of several books, including Stalinism for All Seasons: A History of Romanian Communism, Fantasies of Salvation: Democracy, Nationalism and Myth in Post-Communist Europe, and Reinventing Politics: Eastern Europe from Stalin to Havel.

source: ASTROM (Asociația Studenților și Tinerilor profesioniști ROMâni)