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Intellectual Radicalism after 1989

Crisis and Re-orientation in the British and the American Left

Sebastian Berg

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Sebastian Berg, Intellectual Radicalism after 1989 (2017), transcript Verlag, Bielefeld, ISBN: 9783839434185

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Beschreibung / Abstract

Left-wing intellectuals in Britain and the US had long repudiated the Soviet regime. Why was the collapse of the Eastern Bloc experienced as a shock that destabilised their identities and political allegiances then? What happened to a collective project that had started out to formulate a socialist vision different from both really existing socialism and social democracy? This study endeavours to answer both questions, focusing on generational networks rather than individuals and investigating political academic journals after 1989 to paint the picture of a Left deeply troubled by the triumph of a capitalism unfettered by any counter-force.


Sebastian Berg (Dr. habil.) teaches Social and Cultural Studies of Anglophone Societies at Ruhr University Bochum. His research interests include the history and politics of »the Left«, social movements, and environmentalism.


»The value of this work lies not in its novelty, but rather in Berg's remarkable achievement of meticulously cataloging oppositional thought.«
A. Shahid Stover, connections, 22.02.2019

»This study can only be recommended to every reader.«
Christian Huck, Anglistik, 29/2 (2018)
Besprochen in:, 1 (2019), Michael J. Kramer


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  • Cover
  • Table of Contents
  • I. Introduction: the Paradox of 1989
  • II. Analysing the Impact of 1989 on the British and the American Intellectual Left
  • 1. 1989/91 and the Prospects of Socialism: Options for a Theoretical Debate of the Left on Strategies and Agencies
  • 2. A Short History of the British and the American Intellectual Left and the Journals Analysed
  • III. Crisis and Re-orientation: Evidence from the Journals
  • 1. The Moment of 1989: Emotional Responses to the Collapse of the Eastern Bloc
  • 2. Assessments of State Socialism
  • 3. The State of Theory
  • 4. Out of the Impasse: the Search for Models
  • 5. Re-starting History: Agency and Strategy
  • IV. Between Radical Critique and Moderate Recommendations?
  • 1. Between Social Democracy and post-Marxism?
  • 2. British and American or Anglo-American Re-orientations?
  • 3. Outlook and Conclusion
  • V. Bibliography
  • VI. Acknowledgements
  • VII. Detailed Table of Contents

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