Utopia and Revolution

Utopia and Revolution : On the Origins of a Metaphor

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The most comprehensive study of ideology and utopia since Karl Mannheim's work of the 1930s, Utopia and Revolution can be understood as turning classical political theory on its head or, perhaps, inside out. Instead of the usual summary of how English radical theologies contributed to the revolutionary process, Lasky shows how such political theology of the mid-seventeenth century became the backbone of the natural history of revolutionary disasters. In a remarkable feat of scholarship in intellectual history, Lasky charts the course of this historic entanglement over some five turbulent centuries of Western history. In so doing, he traces the ideological extension of the human personality through the writings of political theorists, philosophers, poets, and historians.
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  • Paperback | 748 pages
  • 154.9 x 229.1 x 40.1mm | 1,034.2g
  • Transaction Publishers
  • Somerset, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 New ed
  • 0765805731
  • 9780765805737

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"[This] is a remarkable achievement, covering nearly five centuries of Western ideas, symbols, and metaphors - all brought, sometimes dazzlingly, within the revolutionary fold." - Robert Nisbet, New York Times Book Review; "I guarantee that anybody with the slightest interest in the way the world we live in is organised, or disorganised, will find much to amaze, to enlighten, even to amuse in this astounding stew of western humanity's hopes and fears, dreams and nightmares, deceit and delusion." - J. W. Lambert, Sunday Times (London)"
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