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STRANGE REBELS: 1979 AND THE BIRTH OF THE 21ST CENTURY

Author: CARYL CHRISTIAN
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Pub Date: 27/03/2014
ISBN: 9780465065677
Availability: Out of Stock
Quick overview An account of the five dramatic counterrevolutions that occurred in 1979, showing how the combined forces unleashed by Deng Xiaopeng, Margaret Thatcher, the Pope, the Iranian Ayatollah, and the Afghan mujahedin set the stage for the 21st century. It offers a new argument about the hinge on which the twentieth century turned.
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Few moments in history have seen as many seismic transformations as 1979. That single year marked the emergence of revolutionary Islam as a global political force, the beginning of market revolutions in China and Britain that would radically alter the international economy, and the first stirrings of the resistance movements in Eastern Europe and Afghanistan that ultimately led to the collapse of the Soviet Union. In Strange Rebels, veteran journalist Christian Caryl shows how the world we live in today and the problems that plague it began to take shape in this pivotal year. Weaving the story of each of these counterrevolutions into a brisk, gripping narrative, Strange Rebels is a groundbreaking account of how these upheavals marked a startling conservative challenge to communist and socialist systems around the globe, giving birth to our modern age in the process.

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