After Liberalism

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In After Liberalism, the distinguished historian and political scientist Immanuel Wallerstein examines the process of disintegration of our modern world-system and speculates on the changes that may occur during the next few decades. He explores the historical choices before us and suggests paths for reconstructing our world-system on a more rational and socially equitable basis.

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Overview

In After Liberalism, the distinguished historian and political scientist Immanuel Wallerstein examines the process of disintegration of our modern world-system and speculates on the changes that may occur during the next few decades. He explores the historical choices before us and suggests paths for reconstructing our world-system on a more rational and socially equitable basis.

Liberalism, the dominant ideology of the 19th and 20th centuries, has lost its ability to enchant and to organize the world-system. This book examines the disintegration of our modern world-system and explores the historical choices before us. It suggests that there are paths by which we may be able to reconstruct our world-system so that it offers us a more rational and equitable social order.

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"After Liberalism is a lucid account of recent political changes and a provocative look at what to expect in the coming decades." —Midwest Book Review

"Provocative . . . likely to appeal to adventurous readers who like to challenge conventional wisdom." —Booklist

"Wallerstein is lucid, informed and insightful." —The New York Times

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Wallerstein started out as a specialist in African politics, but since the 1970s he has been known for his books on the "modern capitalist world-system." His latest work is a collection of recent essays examining the rise and fall of liberalism as the organizing principle of the modern world-system. According to Wallerstein, the period from 1789 to 1989 represents the era of economic and political liberalism. From this perspective, the collapse of communism and the Soviet bloc marks not only the end of Marxism-Leninism but also the unraveling of liberal ideology, which is incapable of responding effectively to the antistatism of contemporary political movements. Wallerstein argues that we are now entering a period of transition that "will be a time of systemic disorder, disintegration, and acute political struggle about what kind of world system(s) we shall construct." If he is correct, then even the most stable of societies should brace themselves for a period of social turbulence and economic uncertainty. Wallerstein's provocative and far-ranging thesis will undoubtedly generate heated debates among scholars and graduate students. Recommended for academic libraries.-Kent Worcester, Social Science Research Council, New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565843042
  • Publisher: New Press, The
  • Publication date: 11/1/1995
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 0.65 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 5.25 (d)

Meet the Author


Immanuel Wallerstein is a senior research scholar in the department of sociology at Yale University and director emeritus of the Fernand Braudel Center at Binghamton University. He is also a resident researcher at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris. His many books include The Modern World-System and Historical Capitalism. The New Press has published After Liberalism, The Decline of American Power, and a collection of his works, The Essential Wallerstein. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut, and Paris, France.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: After Liberalism? 1
I The 1990s and After: Can We Reconstruct? 9
The Cold War and the Third World: The Good Old Days? 10
Peace, Stability, and Legitimacy, 1990-2025/2050 25
What Hope Africa? What Hope the World? 46
II The Construction and Triumph of Liberal Ideology 71
Three Ideologies or One? The Pseudobattle of Modernity 72
Liberalism and the Legitimation of Nation-States: An Historical Interpretation 93
The Concept of National Development, 1917-1989: Elegy and Requiem 108
III The Historical Dilemmas of Liberals 125
The End of What Modernity? 126
The Insurmountable Contradictions of Liberalism: Human Rights and the Rights of Peoples in the Geoculture of the Modern World-System 145
The Geoculture of Development, or the Transformation of Our Geoculture? 162
America and the World: Today, Yesterday, and Tomorrow 176
IV The Death of Socialism, or Capitalism in Mortal Danger? 209
Revolution as Strategy and Tactics of Transformation 210
Marxism After the Collapse of the Communisms 219
The Collapse of Liberalism 232
The Agonies of Liberalism: What Hope Progress? 252
Notes 272
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