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There is a binocularity about the historian John Lukacs’ thought and life that is often found in great minds.

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Perspective, Pages 83 on 04/18/2010

Print Headline: A world in words

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  • WilliamWoodford
    April 19, 2010 at 11:32 a.m.

    Actually, it was Mussolini who originated the concept of totalitarian socialism based on nationality rather than social class—“un socialismo nationale”—after the outbreak of the First World War demonstrated that nationalism was stronger than proletarian solidarity. See Richard Pipes, “Russia Under the Bolshevik Regime” (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1993), p. 250.

    Mr. McMath gets the sequence wrong here. Totalitarian socialism began with Marx by way of Lenin and was then re-focused on nationalism by Mussolini and Hitler. As Pipes points out, “Examination of the origins of right-radical movements in interwar Europe quickly reveals that they would have been inconceivable without the precedent set by Lenin and Stalin.” (ibid., p. 241)

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