Political Journeys: The Opendemocracy Essays

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Yale University Press, 2012 - Political science - 289 pages
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One of the great contrarians of international relations scholarship, Fred Halliday was able to combine his understanding of the broad sweep of modern history with a profound knowledge of modern revolutions, the Middle East, and national movements. This collection of Halliday's political essays written for the online journal "openDemocracy" between 2004 and 2009 is proof of a subtle worldview that continues to generate questions: What is the relation between religion, nationalism, and progress? Is a new international order possible? When is intervention a force for progress?

From the big headline topics such as the Iraq War to the unexpected comparisons of Tibet and Palestine, or Afghanistan and the Falklands, Halliday's writings provide a perennially surprising and enlightened guide to the major issues of international politics.

 

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Contents

Introduction
9
Preface
19
POINTS OF DEPARTURE
21
SHADOWS OF COLD WAR
49
CHALLENGES OF THE MIDDLE EAST
89
IRAN REVOLUTION IN A GREAT NATION
147
VIOLENCE AND POLITICS
171
PROFANE AGENDA POLITICS AND PROFIT IN THE LANDS OF ISLAM
209
UNIVERSALISM IMPERILLED
227
CONCLUSIONS
259
Books by Fred Halliday
279
Index
281
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Fred Halliday is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics. His publications include Two Hours that Shook the World (2001) and Nation and Religion in the Middle East (2000).

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