Rebirth of History Times of Riots and Uprisings

ISBN-10: 1844678792
ISBN-13: 9781844678792
Edition: 2012
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Description: In the uprisings of the Arab world, Alain Badiou discerns echoes of the European revolutions of 1848. In both cases, the object was to overthrow despotic regimes maintained by the great powers—regimes designed to impose the will of financial  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 7/1/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 126
Size: 4.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

In the uprisings of the Arab world, Alain Badiou discerns echoes of the European revolutions of 1848. In both cases, the object was to overthrow despotic regimes maintained by the great powers—regimes designed to impose the will of financial oligarchies. Both events occurred after what was commonly thought to be the end of a revolutionary epoch: in 1815 the final defeat of Napoleon and in 1989 the fall of the Soviet Union. But the revolutions of 1848 proclaimed for a century and a half the return of revolutionary thought and action. Likewise, the uprisings under way today herald a worldwide resurgence in the liberating force of the masses—despite the attempts of the international community to neutralize its power. Badiou’s book salutes this reawakening of history, weaving examples from the Arab Spring and elsewhere into a global analysis of the return of emancipatory universalism.

Alain Badiou teaches philosophy at the Ecole normale superieure and the College international de philosphie in Paris.

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