Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century

Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century

by Christian Caryl


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Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century by Christian Caryl

Few moments in history have seen as many seismic transformations as 1979. That single year marked the emergence of revolutionary Islam as a global political force, the beginning of market revolutions in China and Britain that would radically alter the international economy, and the first stirrings of the resistance movements in Eastern Europe and Afghanistan that ultimately led to the collapse of the Soviet Union. In Strange Rebels, veteran journalist Christian Caryl shows how the world we live in today and the problems that plague it began to take shape in this pivotal year. Weaving the story of each of these counterrevolutions into a brisk, gripping narrative, Strange Rebels is a groundbreaking account of how these upheavals marked a startling conservative challenge to communist and socialist systems around the globe, giving birth to our modern age in the process.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465065677
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 03/11/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 782,812
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Christian Caryl, a Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute, is also a contributing editor at Foreign Policy, a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, and a former Newsweek correspondent. Caryl is a senior fellow of the Center for International Studies at MIT and winner of an Overseas Press Club Award.

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Great Backlash ix

1 Malaise 1

2 Dragon Year 21

3 "A Wild but Welcoming State of Anarchy" 33

4 The Emperor as Revolutionary 41

5 Tory Insurrectionists 51

6 A Dream of Redemption 67

7 The Imam 83

8 With a Gun in the Hand 95

9 The Prophet's Proletariat 107

10 Truth from Facts 117

11 The Blood of the Martyrs 137

12 The Lady 155

13 Thrice Banished, Thrice Restored 169

14 The Evangelist 181

15 Eleven Million People 197

16 Back to the Future 211

17 The Second Revolution 229

18 Playing Bridge 243

19 Fraternal Assistance 261

20 Solidarity 275

21 Khomeini's Children 289

22 Jihad 303

23 "The Lady's Not for Turning" 313

24 Socialism with Chinese Characteristics 327

Epilogue: The Problem with Progress 339

Acknowledgments 361

Notes 365

Bibliography 385

Index 393

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Anne Applebaum, author of Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956
“If you haven’t thought much about the year 1979, it’s time you should. In this provocative work of scholarship and reporting, Christian Caryl argues that this was the year when a counter-revolution—led by Margaret Thatcher, John Paul II, Ayatollah Khomeini, and Deng Xiaoping—changed the course of history. After reading this book you won’t think the same way about the 20th century again.”

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istubbornlysupportbn More than 1 year ago
Great overview of some really complex, controversial, but ultimately transformative historical figures.  If you're interested in exploring the narratives that drive politics and economics today, this is a wonderful supplement.  If you're new to this type of research this is a great place to start.