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 currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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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.

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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
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