Liberalism's Crooked Circle: Letters to Adam Michnik

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"Liberalism's Crooked Circle is at once an intensely private and a brilliantly objective analysis of the questions that agonize our times.... I know of no book closer to the core of our time, none that has moved and instructed me so deeply."—Robert Heilbroner

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Overview

"Liberalism's Crooked Circle is at once an intensely private and a brilliantly objective analysis of the questions that agonize our times.... I know of no book closer to the core of our time, none that has moved and instructed me so deeply."—Robert Heilbroner

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Editorial Reviews

Political Science Quarterly
Thoughtful and eminently readable contribution to debates about the future of liberalism.... Katznelson's argument is provocative.
Foreign Affairs
[An] unusual and inventive work.
The Boston Review of Books
Liberalism's Crooked Circleis an intellectually rich engagement with two large issues in contemporary liberalism.... Historically grounded and sociologically realistic—it is a great success.
Political Science Quarterly - William E. Scheuerman
[A] thoughtful and eminently readable contribution to debates about the future of liberalism.... [Katznelson] argues for a synthesis of the most progressive elements of political liberalism with the strengths of the socialist critique of capitalism.
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Winner of the 1997 Michael Harrington Award, Caucus for a New Political Science section of the American Political Science Association

Winner of the 1996 Lionel Trilling Award, Columbia University

"[A] thoughtful and eminently readable contribution to debates about the future of liberalism.... [Katznelson] argues for a synthesis of the most progressive elements of political liberalism with the strengths of the socialist critique of capitalism."—William E. Scheuerman, Political Science Quarterly

"Liberalism's Crooked Circleis an intellectually rich engagement with two large issues in contemporary liberalism.... Historically grounded and sociologically realistic—it is a great success."—The Boston Review of Books

"Thoughtful and eminently readable contribution to debates about the future of liberalism.... Katznelson's argument is provocative."—Political Science Quarterly

"Katznelson's prose style is as elegant as his political stance is sophisticated. This is a subtle, searching examination of liberalism's complicated relationship to concerns about class inequality and social difference."—Library Journal

"[An] unusual and inventive work."—Foreign Affairs

The Boston Review of Books
Liberalism's Crooked Circleis an intellectually rich engagement with two large issues in contemporary liberalism.... Historically grounded and sociologically realistic—it is a great success.
Library Journal
Katznelson (political science and history, Columbia Univ.; City Trenches, 1981) here addresses the contemporary crisis of left-wing politics by redefining and "revaluing" the liberal tradition. Rather than presenting a conventional social-scientific analysis, his intervention takes the form of two lengthy epistles to Polish-Jewish dissident Adam Michnik. Katznelson's prose style is as elegant as his political stance is sophisticated. This is a subtle, searching examination of liberalism's complicated relationship to concerns about class inequality and social difference. The book should appeal to readers interested in "the pressing task of discovering an ethical and political imagination sufficiently resourceful to grapple with current challenges and responsibilities." Unrepentant leftists, as well as advocates of an undiluted capitalism, will find much to disagree with in this short, pithy volume. But they should also find Katznelson's savoir faire intellectually bracing. Recommended for all academic libraries.-Kent Worcester, Social Science Research Council, New York
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691004471
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 8/24/1998
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 5.69 (w) x 8.87 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Preface and Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Does Conquest Pay? 3
Ch. 2 When Does Conquest Pay? 18
Ch. 3 Nazi-Occupied Western Europe, 1940-1944 36
Ch. 4 Belgium and Luxembourg, 1914-1918 69
Ch. 5 The Ruhr-Rhineland, 1923-1924 87
Ch. 6 The Japanese Empire, 1910-1945 99
Ch. 7 The Soviet Empire, 1945-1989 120
Ch. 8 The Spoils of Conquest 146
Notes 159
Works Cited 209
Index 243
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