From Revolution To Krizis: The Transcending Revolutions of 1989-91

Sakwa, Richard (2006) From Revolution To Krizis: The Transcending Revolutions of 1989-91. Comparative Politics, 38 (4). pp. 459-478. ISSN 00104159. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

There are four conceptions of historical time in the modern era. In naturalistic cyclicity, traditional circular definitions of the rise and fall of nations predominate. Enlightenment rationalism is based on a more linear view of ineluctable political progress. In emancipatory revolution a social element is added to Enlightenment progressivism, accompanied by a denigration of the political. Finally, the antirevolutions of 1989–91 inaugurated a postrevolutionary phase characterized by the politics of krizis. These antirevolutions represented a conscious repudiation of the revolutionary style of politics. They made possible a return to naturalistic cyclicity. Krizis is a reflexive form of political action derived not from the epochal conceptualization of time characteristic of revolutionism but from solutions within politics itself.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Richard Sakwa
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2009 15:59
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 13:55
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/13103 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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