Power and Protest: Global Revolution and the Rise of Detente

Power and Protest: Global Revolution and the Rise of Detente

by Jeremi Suri
ISBN-10:
0674017633
ISBN-13:
9780674017634
Pub. Date:
04/15/2005
Publisher:
Harvard

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Overview

Power and Protest: Global Revolution and the Rise of Detente

In a brilliantly conceived book, Jeremi Suri puts the tumultuous 1960s into a truly international perspective in the first study to examine the connections between great power diplomacy and global social protest. Profoundly disturbed by increasing social and political discontent, Cold War powers united on the international front, in the policy of detente. Though reflecting traditional balance of power considerations, detente thus also developed from a common urge for stability among leaders who by the late 1960s were worried about increasingly threatening domestic social activism.

In the early part of the decade, Cold War pressures simultaneously inspired activists and constrained leaders; within a few years activism turned revolutionary on a global scale. Suri examines the decade through leaders and protesters on three continents, including Mao Zedong, Charles de Gaulle, Martin Luther King Jr., Daniel Cohn-Bendit, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. He describes connections between policy and protest from the Berkeley riots to the Prague Spring, from the Paris strikes to massive unrest in Wuhan, China.

Designed to protect the existing political order and repress movements for change, detente gradually isolated politics from the public. The growth of distrust and disillusion in nearly every society left a lasting legacy of global unrest, fragmentation, and unprecedented public skepticism toward authority.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674017634
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 04/15/2005
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 673,351
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

Jeremi Suri is Mack Brown Distinguished Professor for Global Leadership, History, and Public Policy at the University of Texas at Austin.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. The Strains of Nuclear Destruction

2. Political Constraints and Personal Charisma

3. The Language of Dissent

4. The Illiberal Consequences of Liberal Empire

5. The Global Disruption of 1968

6. The Diplomacy and Domestic Politics of Detente

Conclusion

Appendix: Tables and Figures

Notes

Sources

Index

What People are Saying About This

This book heralds the emergence of a newly ambitious agenda in international history, Suri ingeniously links the domestic upheavals that convulsed so many societies in the 1960s with the emergence of the international regime known as detente, giving persuasive weight to his conclusion that "foreign policy is also social policy." Drawing on prodigious research in American and European sources, Suri suggests that common features powerfully shape the lives of all modern states, regardless of their particular demographic, institutional, or ideological configurations. An impressive, original achievement.

David M. Kennedy

This book heralds the emergence of a newly ambitious agenda in international history, Suri ingeniously links the domestic upheavals that convulsed so many societies in the 1960s with the emergence of the international regime known as detente, giving persuasive weight to his conclusion that "foreign policy is also social policy." Drawing on prodigious research in American and European sources, Suri suggests that common features powerfully shape the lives of all modern states, regardless of their particular demographic, institutional, or ideological configurations. An impressive, original achievement.
David M. Kennedy, Stanford University

Maurice Isserman

In the community of 'sixties scholars,' virtually all of us at one time or another have nodded sagely in agreement with the assertion that to truly understand the decade, one would need to undertake a comparative international history. In Power and Protest, Jeremi Suri boldly goes in the direction toward which the rest of us merely feebly gesture, and makes a singular contribution to our understanding of the 1960s in world history.
Maurice Isserman, co-author of America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s

Akira Iriye

Power and Protest is superb in every respect--imaginatively conceived and elegantly written. This is the most ambitious attempt I have ever seen to explicate the meaning of the cultural revolution of the 1960s and its aftermath. I find the argument provocative and on the whole persuasive. Disparate events usually presented in separate national histories are conceptually connected in what may be seen as the first truly global history of that turbulent decade. This is a most important study that will have an electrifying effect on scholarship and, one hopes, on political leaders everywhere who seem to be grappling with the question of reform versus stalemate both domestically and externally.
Akira Iriye, Harvard University

Stanley I. Kutler

Jeremi Suri has liberated us from the rigid formalism of "comparative history" to the more satisfying concept of "international history." His fresh look at the 1960s links the elite world of diplomacy and international politics to shared, underlying social and cultural experiences, transcending national and class boundaries, to reveal a more complex, richer view of that unsettling moment. Suri's work is ambitious, but he delivers with thoughtful, pioneering, and rigorous analysis. Here is history on a grand scale.
Stanley I. Kutler, author of Wars of Watergate:The Last Crisis of Richard Nixon

Melvyn P. Leffler

Suri's portrayal of detente as counterrevolution is a brilliant rendition of the new diplomatic history. Linking social, demographic, and cultural developments to international politics and diplomacy, Suri shows how domestic protest inspired American, Russian, Chinese, French, and German leaders to collude with one another to stabilize their societies and preserve internal order. This bold and provocative book vividly illuminates the connections between domestic and international politics.
Melvyn P. Leffler, University of Virginia

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