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Paradox of Liberation : Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions (Paperback) (Michael

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"Many of the successful campaigns for national liberation in the years following World War II were initially based on democratic and secular ideals. Once established, however, the newly independent nations had to deal with entirely unexpected religious fierceness. Michael Walzer, one of America's foremost political thinkers, examines this perplexing trend by studying India, Israel, and Algeria, three nations whose founding principles and institutions have been sharply attacked by three completely different groups of religious revivalists: Hindu militants, ultra-Orthodox Jews and messianic Zionists, and Islamic radicals. In his provocative, well-reasoned discussion, Walzer asks why these secular democratic movements have failed to sustain their hegemony:Why have they been unable to reproduce their political culture beyond one or two generations? In a postscript, he compares the difficulties of contemporary secularism to the successful establishment of secular politics in the early American republic--thereby making an argument for American exceptionalism but gravely noting that we may be less exceptional today"--
Number of Pages: 192
Genre: Political Science, Religion + Beliefs, History
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Yale Univ Pr
Author: Michael Walzer
Language: English
Street Date: October 25, 2016
TCIN: 51973085
UPC: 9780300223637
Item Number (DPCI): 248-38-0636

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