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The politics of betrayal : renegades and ex-radicals from Mussolini to Christopher Hitchens

Author: Ashley Lavelle; UPSO eCollections (University Press Scholarship Online).
Publisher: Manchester : Manchester University Press, New York : Palgrave Macmillan [2013]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The radical who is transformed into a conservative is a common theme in political history. Lavelle examines why several one-time radicals subsequently became parts of the establishment in various countries. How and why do so many radicals betray the cause? Is it simply a reaction to political defeat? Were their politics always problematic, even as radicals? Were the ex-radicals psychologically flawed to begin with?  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Lavelle, Ashley.
Politics of betrayal.
Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2013
(OCoLC)828720489
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ashley Lavelle; UPSO eCollections (University Press Scholarship Online).
ISBN: 1781706166 9781781706169 9781526102720 1526102722
OCLC Number: 877921099
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 259 pages)
Contents: Introduction : a road well travelled --
Part I : Worlds turned upside down --
Introduction to part I --
Turncoats and collaborationists : early twentieth-century renegades --
'Turn on, tune in, drop out' ... drop back in : 1960s ex-radicals --
Conclusion to part I --
Part II : The experience of defeat --
Introduction to part II --
The First World War : a defeat borne of nationalist bloodshed --
1960s radicals and political defeat : a lost cause? --
The full force of the law : defeat by state repression? --
Conclusion to part II --
Part III : Flawed radicals --
Introduction to part III --
Flawed early twentieth-century radicals : Mussolini, Parvus, and co. --
Overstated radicals --
For thirty pieces of silver? --
Conclusion to part III --
Part IV : The renegade 'mentality' --
Introduction to part IV --
Psychohistory --
Arthur Koestler, the twentieth-century 'sceptic', and other Cold War pilgrims --
Conclusion to part IV --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Ashley Lavelle.

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How and why do so many radicals betray the cause? What implications does it have for left politics? Were the ex-radicals right to become conservatives? This book, the first of its kind, answers  Read more...

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