The Trouble with History : Morality, Revolution, and Counterrevolution

Description

A brilliant meditation on politics, morality, and history from one of the most courageous and controversial authors of our age Renowned Eastern European author Adam Michnik was jailed for more than six years by the communist regime in Poland for his dissident activities. He was an outspoken voice for democracy in the world divided by the Iron Curtain and has remained so to the present day. In this thoughtful and provocative work, the man the Financial Times named "one of the 20 most influential journalists in the world" strips fundamentalism of its religious component and examines it purely as a secular political phenomenon. Comparing modern-day Poland with postrevolutionary France, Michnik offers a stinging critique of the ideological "virus of fundamentalism" often shared by emerging democracies: the belief that, by using techniques of intimidating public opinion, a state governed by "sinless individuals" armed with a doctrine of the only correct means of organizing human relations can build a world without sin. Michnik employs deep historical analysis and keen political observation in his insightful five-point philosophical meditation on morality in public life, ingeniously expounding on history, religion, moral thought, and the present political climate in his native country and throughout Europe.

Details

Author(s)
Adam Michnik, Elzbieta Matynia, Agnieszka Marczyk, Roman S. Czarny, Prof. James Davison Hunter, Irena Grudzinska Gross
Format
Hardback | 208 pages
Dimensions
140 x 210 x 19mm | 372g
Publication date
01 Jul 2014
Publisher
Yale University Press
Publication City/Country
New Haven, United States
Language
English
ISBN10
0300185979
ISBN13
9780300185973
Bestsellers rank
593,026