Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century

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Basic Books, Mar 11, 2014 - History - 432 pages
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Few moments in history have seen as many seismic transformations as 1979. That single year marked the emergence of revolutionary Islam as a global political force, the beginning of market revolutions in China and Britain that would radically alter the international economy, and the first stirrings of the resistance movements in Eastern Europe and Afghanistan that ultimately led to the collapse of the Soviet Union. In Strange Rebels, veteran journalist Christian Caryl shows how the world we live in today and the problems that plague it began to take shape in this pivotal year. Weaving the story of each of these counterrevolutions into a brisk, gripping narrative, Strange Rebels is a groundbreaking account of how these upheavals marked a startling conservative challenge to communist and socialist systems around the globe, giving birth to our modern age in the process.
 

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Twenty-five years ago we saw the rise of militant Islam with Khomeini in Iran and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the ascent of Thatcherism in England, and the extreme Right gaining traction in ... Read full review

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Having (a) followed the events of this year as an undergrad and (b) having a graduate degree in conflict resolution, there's really not that much here that I'm unaware of. Still, I'm also not really ... Read full review

Contents

The Great Backlash
Malaise
Dragon Year
A Wild but Welcoming State of Anarchy
The Emperor as Revolutionary
Tory Insurrectionists
A Dream of Redemption
The Imam
Back to the Future
The Second Revolution
Playing Bridge
Fraternal Assistance
Solidarity
Khomeinis Children
Jihad
The Ladys Not for Turning

With a Gun in the Hand
The Prophets Proletariat
Truth from Facts
The Blood of the Martyrs
The Lady
Thrice Banished Thrice Restored
The Evangelist
Eleven Million People
Socialism with Chinese Characteristics
The Problem with Progress
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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