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A Fearful Monument: a Critical History of the American Left (Hardback)John P. Diggins (author)
Hardback 296 Pages / Published: 31/12/1989
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In "A Fearful Monument: A Critical History of the American Left" John Diggins interprets the history of the American Left by drawing portraits of the ideas, events and personalities that shaped the development of radical thought in the modern era. In this revision and expansion of his survey, "The American Left in the Twentieth Century", Diggins divides his subject into three distinct periods - the Lyrical Left, the Old Left and the New Left - in order to examine the generational peculiarities arising from each unique historical experience. According to Diggins, the central dilemma facing all three Lefts was the inability to find a social force committed to active opposition to the existing order. He argues that the virtual nonexistence of Marxism in the United States as a political force has disabled the Left, which, in the author's view has survived only as an ideology in the cloistered world of the university. Diggins brings the story of the Left up to date by tracing its journey through post-Vietnam America and exploring the Left as it expressed itself in the politics of feminism and European-inspired critical theory.
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Number of pages: 296
Dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
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