Political Pilgrims / Edition 4

Political Pilgrims / Edition 4

by Hollander
     
 

ISBN-10: 1560009543

ISBN-13: 9781560009542

Pub. Date: 06/14/2006

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

Why did so many distinguished Western Intellectuals—from G.B. Shaw to J.P. Sartre, and. closer to home, from Edmund Wilson to Susan Sontag— admire various communist systems, often in their most repressive historical phases? How could Stalin's Soviet Union, Mao's China, or Castro's Cuba appear at one time as both successful modernizing

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Why did so many distinguished Western Intellectuals—from G.B. Shaw to J.P. Sartre, and. closer to home, from Edmund Wilson to Susan Sontag— admire various communist systems, often in their most repressive historical phases? How could Stalin's Soviet Union, Mao's China, or Castro's Cuba appear at one time as both successful modernizing societies and the fulfillments of the boldest dreams of social justice? Why, at the same time, had these intellectuals so mercilessly judged and rejected their own Western, liberal cultures? What Impulses and beliefs prompted them to seek the realization of their ideals in distant, poorly known lands? How do their journeys fit into long-standing Western traditions of looking for new meaning In the non-Western world? These are some of the questions Paul Hollander sought to answer In his massive study that covers much of our century. His success is attested by the fact that the phrase "political pilgrim" has become a part of intellectual discourse. Even in the post-communist era the questions raised by this book remain relevant as many Western, and especially American intellectuals seek to come to terms with a world which offers few models of secular fulfillment and has tarnished the reputation of political Utopias. His new and lengthy introduction updates the pilgrimages and examines current attempts to find substitutes for the emotional and political energy that used to be invested in them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560009542
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
06/14/2006
Edition description:
4TH
Pages:
628
Sales rank:
1,002,952
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.39(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
Preface to the 1990 Edition
Preface to the 1982 Edition
Preface to the 1981 Edition
Acknowledgments
1Themes3
2Intellectuals, Politics, and Morality40
3The First Wave of Estrangement: The 1930s74
4The Appeals of Soviet Society: The First Pilgrimage102
5The Rejection of Western Society in the 1960s and 70s177
6New Horizons: Revolutionary Cuba and the Discovery of the Third World223
7The Pilgrimage to China: Old Dreams in a New Setting278
8The Techniques of Hospitality: A Summary347
9Conclusions Concerning the Nature of Intellectuals, Estrangement, and Its Consequences400
Notes439
Selected Bibliography507
Index519

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