1989 and The Not So Lost Treasure of the Revolutionary Tradition, or Barack Obama and the Politics of Small Things

  • Jeffrey Goldfarb


The kind of activity that Hannah Arendt named “the lost treasure of the revolutionary tradition” was a visible part of the transformations of 1989 and has continued to play a significant role in the politics of transformation. Arendt’s notion is described and applied to understanding the great achievements of 1989 and then it is used to understand the political power of an American public figure, Barack Obama.


The lost treasure of the revolutionary tradition The politics of small things 1989 Barack Obama 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sociology DepartmentNew School for Social ResearchNew YorkUSA

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