Political Pilgrims: Western Intellectuals in Search of the Good Society

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Transaction Publishers - Political Science - 526 pages
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The phrase "political pilgrim" has become part of intellectual discourse thanks to Paul Hollander. Even in the post-communist era the questions raised by this book remain relevant as many Western, and especially American, intellectuals seek to come to terms with a world that offers few models of secular fulfillment and has tarnished the reputation of political utopias. Hollander's new and lengthy introduction updates the pilgrimages and examines current attempts to find substitutes for the emotional and political energy that used to be invested in them.
 

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Contents

Introduction to the Transaction Edition
x
Preface to the 1990 Edition
lxiv
Preface to the 1982 Edition
lxxx
Preface to the 1981 Edition
xciv
Acknowledgments
c
Themes
4
Intellectuals Politics and Morality
41
The First Wave of Estrangement The 1930s
75
The Rejection of Western Society in the 1960s and 70s
178
New Horizons Revolutionary Cuba and the Discovery of the Third World
224
The Pilgrimage to China Old Dreams in a New Setting
279
The Techniques of Hospitality A Summary
348
Conclusions Concerning the Nature of Intellectuals Estrangement and Its Consequences
401
Notes
440
Selected Bibliography
508
Index
520

The Appeals of Soviet Society The First Pilgrimage
103

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