The Illusion of the End

The Illusion of the End

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In this book Jean Baudrillard, one of the most celebrated and controversial contemporary social theorists, argues that the notion of the end of history is an illusion, and that we are now engaged in a gigantic process of historical revisionism.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 152 x 224 x 12mm | 222.26g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745612229
  • 9780745612225
  • 723,549

Table of contents

Translator's Acknowledgements. 1. Pataphysics of the Year 2000. 2. The Reversal of History. 3. The Ascent of the Vacuum Towards the Periphery. 4. The Event Strike. 5. The Thawing of the East. 6. The Strategy of Dissolution. 7. The Timisoara Massacre. 8. The Illusion of War. 9. Catastrophe Management. 10. The Dance of the Fossils. 11. Maleficient Ecology. 12. Immortality. 13. How Can You Jump Over Your Shadow When You No Longer Have One?. 14. Exponential Instability, Exponential Stability. 15. Hysteresis of the Millenium.show more

About Jean Baudrillard

Jean Baudrillard was born in Reims in 1929, and now lives in Paris. From 1966 to 1987 he taught sociology at the University of Nanterre. His many works include The Mirror of Production, Simulations, Cool Memories and America.show more

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a In the book Baudrillard weaves his argument as brilliantly as one has come to expect... Baudrillard provides a voluble account of the withering of history, which is not lost in Turnera s translation.a Environment and Planning a The Illusion of the End is quite wonderful. In its relatively few pages, this book contains more insights and provocations than many much weightier tomes... If you are prepared to let your sociological imagination be engaged, enraged and perhaps even changed, then The Illusion of the End more than repays the time that is spent with it.a Sociologyshow more

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