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Counter-Revolution: Liberal Europe in Retreat - Jan Zielonka



Publisher: Oxford University Press

Counter-Revolution: Liberal Europe in Retreat

Counter-Revolution: Liberal Europe in Retreat
This book is a bold attempt to make sense of the extraordinary events taking place in present-day Europe.

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Counter-Revolution suggests that Europe and its liberal project need to be reinvented and recreated. There is no simple way back. Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel will not produce wonders. Europe failed to adjust to enormous geopolitical, economic, and technological changes that swept the continent over the past three decades. European models of democracy, capitalism, and integration are not in sync with new complex networks of cities, bankers, terrorists, or migrants. Liberal values
that made Europe thrive for many decades have been betrayed. The escalation of emotions, myths, and ordinary lies left little space for reason, deliberation, and conciliation. This book examines these different aspects, proposing a way out of the labyrinth.

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Number of Pages 176


Zielonka's analysis is a curious mix, a liberal critique of populism and a populist critique of liberalism. * UCL European Institute * This is a bracing, if perhaps unduly pessimistic, self-criticism from a writer who remains a liberal and wants to retrieve its values. Applied to east and central Europe it highlights the weaknesses of their societies confronted with huge economic and political change. * Irish Times * I read Zielonka's earnest analysis of todays Europe this past weekend and recommend you read it too; the book of some 150 pages might replace that slightly stale flavor that Ivan Krasnev's "After Europe" left me with: Yes, something might have gone wrong, but where exactly, and what now? * Florian Eder, Politico * Zielonka seeks not so much to defend the status quo based on the particular form of liberalism that has prevailed throughout the West in the past forty years, as to ask what went wrong with the wider liberal project. His critique of the complacency of Western and especially European elites is particularly powerful. * Hans Kundnani, The Times Literary Supplement * Jan Zielonka has provided us with an engaging and stimulating diagnosis of the pathologies of the European crisis of liberalism. * Ben Wellings, Australian Book Review *