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The Age of Ideology

Political Ideologies from the American Revolution to Postmodern Times

  • Authors


    • ​Extensive analysis of historical context and its effects on ideology
    • Covering developments in theory and real-life coverage

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: Ideology and the Crisis of Modernity

  3. Enlightenment and Emancipation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. John Schwarzmantel
      Pages 17-39
    3. John Schwarzmantel
      Pages 40-60
  4. Ideologies of Modernity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. John Schwarzmantel
      Pages 63-86
    3. John Schwarzmantel
      Pages 87-109
    4. John Schwarzmantel
      Pages 110-130
    5. John Schwarzmantel
      Pages 131-148
  5. The Crisis of Ideologies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-149
    2. John Schwarzmantel
      Pages 151-174
    3. John Schwarzmantel
      Pages 175-186
    4. John Schwarzmantel
      Pages 187-199
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 200-210

About this book


The ideologies of Liberalism, Socialism and Conservatism have dominated political argument since the American and French revolutions. The Age of Ideology traces their emergence, their relationship to Modernity and the Enlightenment, and their current crisis in the face of the collapse of Communism, rapid technological change, the new rise of nationalism and fundamentalism, and the philosophical challenge of postmodernism. John Schwarzmantel defends the continued relevance of the left-right spectrum and the necessity of political ideology for democratic government and the idea of the good society.


communism enlightenment Ideologie ideology politics socialism

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