Thinking the Twentieth Century. Intellectuals and Politics in the Twentieth Century

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Thinking the Twentieth Century is a major new history of modern intellectual life—an original and moving blend of intellectual history, personal reflection, and passionate debate spanning continents and generations. In a dialogue with fellow historian Timothy Snyder, Tony Judt reflects on the ironies and paradoxes of twentieth-century thought—from fascism and communism to liberalism and social democracy—and the legacy left to us today.

Tony Judt, who died in 2010, was Permanent Fellow of the IWM; Timothy Snyder joined the IWM as Permanent Fellow in 2008.

Thinking the Twentieth Century. Intellectuals and Politics in the Twentieth Century, Penguin, 2012

Nachdenken über das 20. Jahrhundert, München: Hanser Verlag 2013

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