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The World Come of Age

Tyler Davis Reading Religion
This timely study, writes reviewer Davis, "recovers the theoretical integrity and conceptual complexity of a movement often reduced to the practical challenges it presented to establishment theologies."


Fascism and the Masses: The Revolt against the Last Humans, 1848-1945

Tony McKenna Marx & Philosophy Review of Books
This new examination of the rise of Fascism focuses on how the expansion of democratic rights, the reaction to that expansion in the realms of philosophy and culture, and how that reaction fueled Nazi and other Fascist ideology.

Mapping American Social Movements Through the 20th Century

Mapping American Social Movements University of Washington
Mapping Social Movements Through the 20th Century, a project directed by Professor James N. Gregory, allows us to see where social movements were active and where not, helping us better understand patterns of influence and endurance. It exposes new dimensions of American political geography, showing how locales that in one era fostered certain kinds of social movements often changed political colors over time.

Remembering Che on the 50th Anniversary of his Assassination

James D. Cockcroft James Cockcroft's Blog
2017 is the 50th anniversary of the CIA-ordered assassination of Che Guevara. In light of a recent upsurge in denunciations of Che and the Cuban Revolution, it is important to separate fact from fiction. Here are 5 important points to take into account, all in historical context, drawn from countless reliable sources, especially the References at the end of this article.

Protest Legacy in US History and 10 Proposal for Social Movements

David A. Horowitz Portside
Social justice protest offers an indispensable and even inspiring view of US history. At the same time, movements for social change must be placed within their historical and social context. In truth, activists often have to rely on middle-class alliances in and out of the political establishment while forging compromises, even unsavory ones, before achieving success.


Political Revolutionaries, International Conspiracies, and the Fearful, Frenzied Elites

Andrew Benedict-Nelson Los Angeles Review of Books
Repression visited on social movements by conservative ruling elites has always been accompanied by a heavy dose of paranoia on the part of both the upper classes and their supporters. Adam Zamoyski has written a new history of this phenomenon, showing how it was a staple of early 19th Century European politics. In this review, Andrew Benedict-Nelson takes a look at this entertaining and intriguing story.
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