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The Paradox of Liberation
Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions

Michael Walzer

Many of the successful campaigns for national liberation in the years following World War II were initially based on democratic and secular ideals. Once established, however, the newly independent nations had to deal with entirely unexpected religious fierceness. Michael Walzer, one of America’s foremost political thinkers, examines this perplexing trend by studying India, Israel, and Algeria, three nations whose founding principles and institutions have been sharply attacked by three completely different groups of religious revivalists: Hindu militants, ultra-Orthodox Jews and messianic Zionists, and Islamic radicals.
 
In his provocative, well-reasoned discussion, Walzer asks why these secular democratic movements h...


2015   192 pp.   -   Cloth ISBN: 9780300187809  $26.00

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