Демифологизация русской культуры. Философические эссе
The history of confrontation with fascism or National Socialism in the interwar period can be basically regarded as a history of erroneous estimates. Successes of both movements were conditioned not least by inability of their opponents, but also by inability of their allies, to understand their character. Not least because of this, analysts, who could timely recognize the nature of this challenge, deserve special attention. This article is devoted to one of these analysts. It is a German-Russian social democrat Alexander Schifrin, whose acute analyses of fascism in the time when the National Socialists achieved one success after another, were paid insufficient attention in previous researches both in East and West.
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