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French Intellectuals Against the Left: The Antitotalitarian Moment of the 1970s

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by Michael Scott Christofferson
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French Intellectuals Against the Left: The Antitotalitarian Moment of the 1970s by Michael Scott Christofferson

In the latter half of the 1970s, the French intellectual Left denounced communism, Marxism, and revolutionary politics through a critique of left-wing totalitarianism that paved the way for today's postmodern, liberal, and moderate republican political options. Contrary to the dominant understanding of the critique of totalitarianism as an abrupt rupture induced by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's The Gulag Archipelago, Christofferson argues that French anti-totalitarianism was the culmination of direct-democratic critiques of communism and revisions of the revolutionary project after 1956. The author's focus on the direct-democratic politics of French intellectuals offers an important alternative to recent histories that seek to explain the course of French intellectual politics by France's apparent lack of a liberal tradition.

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Pages: 306
Size: 2.6 MB
Publisher: Berghahn Books
Date published:   2004
ISBN: 9781782389743 (DRM-PDF)

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