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Author Caryl, Christian.
Title Strange rebels : 1979 and the birth of the 21st century / Christian Caryl.
Imprint New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group ; [2013]
ISBN 9780465018383 (hardback)
0465018386 (hardback)
9780465033355 (e-book)
0465033350 (e-book)
OCLC No. 778420690
Description xv, 407 pages ; 25 cm.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (pages 385-391) and index.
Contents The great backlash -- Malaise -- Dragon Year -- "A wild but welcoming state of anarchy" -- The emperor as revolutionary -- Tory insurrectionists -- A dream of redemption -- The Imam -- With a gun in the hand -- The Prophet's proletariat -- Truth from facts -- The blood of the martyrs -- The Lady -- Thrice banished, thrice restored -- The Evangelist -- Eleven million people -- Back to the future -- The second revolution -- Playing bridge -- Fraternal assistance -- Solidarity -- Khomeini's children -- Jihad -- "The Lady's not for turning" -- Socialism with Chinese characteristics -- The problem with progress.
Summary "After World War II, a secular, progressive consensus defined the international order. That changed in 1979, when a series of counterrevolutions swept the globe, blazing a path for a new era. China launched reforms that would make it the economic powerhouse it is today. Pope John Paul II traveled to Poland, challenging communism in Eastern Europe by reigniting its people's suppressed Catholic faith. An Islamic revolution transformed Iran into a theocracy almost overnight, while the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan gave rise to that country's mujahedin resistance, the precursor to al-Qaeda. Margaret Thatcher became prime minister, returning Britain to a purer form of free-market capitalism-and inspiring Ronald Reagan to do the same. Weaving these stories into a brisk and gripping narrative, award-winning journalist Christian Caryl's Strange Rebels offers a groundbreaking explanation of the year that set the course for the twenty-first century."
Author Caryl, Christian.
Subject History, Modern -- 1945-1989.
World politics -- 1975-1985.

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