The Age of Ideology: Political Ideologies from the American Revolution to Postmodern Times

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Overview

After the great revolutions of 1776 in America and 1789 in France, modern nations began to express political struggle as a conflict between Left and Right, a spectrum of ideologies including socialism, liberalism, conservatism, nationalism, and later, communism and fascism, among others. These dominant ideologies reflected the themes of industrial society, powerful nation-states, and the era of class politics.

Today, however, a series of rapid social and political transformations have provoked a world-wide crisis of ideologies. New technology threatens the traditional social structure of heavy industry. Increased globalization challenges the sovereignty of the nation-state, and class divisions appear less salient. In light of these changes, do modern ideologies have anything to say to us as citizens of the world today?

The Age of Ideology analyzes the contemporary relevance of the main ideologies that have been central to political struggle over the past two centuries. Believing the postmodern critique of ideologies as inadequate for dealing with society's problems, John Schwarzmantel argues convincingly that political ideologies still provide essential organizing frameworks for political debate and action.

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Assesses the major ideologies of modern times, including liberalism, socialism, and conservatism, and traces their relationships with one another, with the ambiguous ideology of nationalism, and to the emergence of modern societies, democratic politics, and Enlightenment ideas. Overviews key themes of modern political and social thought, the nature and crisis of modernity, and the rise and fall of Enlightenment ideas, and argues that the left-right spectrum and its major ideological poles remain essential to democratic government. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814780961
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.14 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

John Schwarzmantel is a lecturer in politics at the University of Leeds in England.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Ideology and the Crisis of Modernity 1
Pt. I Enlightenment and Emancipation
1 The Politics of Modernity 17
2 The Revolutionary Challenge 40
Pt. II Ideologies of Modernity
3 Liberalism and Modernity 63
4 Socialism and Emancipation 87
5 Conservative Critiques 110
6 Nationalism and its Ambiguities 131
Pt. III The Crisis of Ideologies
7 The Crisis of Modernity 151
8 Critiques of the Enlightenment Ideologies 175
9 The Future of Ideology 187
Bibliography 200
Index 207
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