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Domenico Losurdo’s well-reasoned and elaborately researched book, Stalin: The History and Critique of a Black Legend, has not as yet been translated into English. Originally published in Italian in 2008, it has been translated into French, Spanish and German.[1] Since I am most comfortable with French, I set out to read the 500+ page book – as bed-time reading.

But first, let me set the context for Losurdo’s philosophical project, which has been admirably outlined in a translation of a piece by Stefano Azzará.[2] This project has a few main features. First, he has developed a systematic criticism of liberalism’s bloody, particularist, racist and supremacist origins.[3] In this ‘counter-history’, he argues that bourgeois democracy is by no means a natural outcome of liberalism, but rather the result of a continued struggle of the excluded from the limited realm of liberalism. Further, and as part of his…

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One thought on “Losurdo on Stalin: A Review

  1. Thanks Nick,  I was very impressed by Losordo´s book in Spanish, which unfortunaately i have lent.    I will send you my comments later – but i feel the book is not so much about Stalin as the historical context and about time too.   Seán Edwards I´m still in South America in Santa marta Colombia Happy Christmas.

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