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Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century

Christian Caryl

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ISBN 10: 1470879557 / ISBN 13: 9781470879556
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This gripping account of the five simultaneous counterrevolutions in 1979 shows how that critical year changed the course of history and shaped the world we live in today.

Most historians would have us believe that the twenty-first century began in 1989, with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the triumph of the West over the Soviet Union. But veteran journalist Christian Caryl shows that the world we live in today - and the problems that plague it - can actually be traced back a decade earlier. 1979 was the year that the postwar order evaporated, reshaping the international system and making way for a new era of global history.

Caryl discusses each of the year's major counterrevolutions in turn, explaining how 1979 marked the start of economic recovery in China, where Deng Xiaoping put the ruling Communist Party on track to deliver the sweeping reforms that have made the country the powerhouse it is today. 1979 was also the year that Pope John Paul II traveled to Poland, undoing many of the so-called advances of communism in Eastern Europe by reigniting a suppressed Catholic faith. In the Middle East, the Islamic Revolution transformed Iran into a theocracy almost overnight, replacing the country's modernizing monarchy with a republic governed by a conservative religious constitution. Further west, Margaret Thatcher became the British prime minister and returned her country to a purer form of free-market capitalism, inspiring Ronald Reagan to do the same in the United States. And the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, aiming to shore up its fledgling communist government but leading instead to the creation of the Afghan mujahideen resistance, which provided the seedbed for al-Qaeda.

Weaving together these dramatic stories into a paradigm-shifting revision of our recent history, Caryl offers a startling new argument about the hinge on which the twentieth century turned.

About the Author:

CHRISTIAN CARYL is deputy editor at Foreign Policy, a contributing editor at Newsweek, and a senior fellow of the Center for International Studies at MIT. He has also served as Washington chief editor for Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, Tokyo bureau chief of Newsweek, and Moscow bureau chief of both Newsweek and US News & World Report. He has worked as a correspondent in Berlin and Hong Kong. A regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, he has also written for the Economist, Der Spiegel, Wall Street Journal,Foreign Affairs, New Republic, Spectator, Times Literary Supplement, Sunday Times, New Statesman, and the Boston Globe, among others. He is a graduate of Yale.

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