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Hermeneutics, Politics, and the History of ReligionsThe Contested Legacies of Joachim Wach and Mircea Eliade$
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Christian Wedemeyer and Wendy Doniger

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195394337

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394337.001.0001

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Tracing the Red Thread: Anti-Communist Themes in the Work of Mircea Eliade

Tracing the Red Thread: Anti-Communist Themes in the Work of Mircea Eliade

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(p.285) 13 Tracing the Red Thread: Anti-Communist Themes in the Work of Mircea Eliade
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Hermeneutics, Politics, and the History of Religions
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Anne T. Mocko

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394337.003.0013

This chapter argues that the political position evident in the work of Mircea Eliade is an opposition to Communism. The chapter utilizes a combination of Eliade’s academic, fictional, personal, and early political writings to trace out (1) an opposition to philosophical Marxism, (2) an opposition to invasive governments generally, and (3) an opposition to specific Communist and Fascist regimes. The chapter contends that the political sensibility available in Eliade’s writing is deeply conservative but not Fascist or paramilitary.

Keywords:   Eliade, politics, Fascism, Communism, Marxism, Iron Guard

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