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By Peter Beilharz

This first number of Peter Beilharz's hugely influential proposal lines the topics and difficulties, manifestations, and trajectories of socialism and modernity as they attach and shift over a twenty-year interval. Woven all through Beilharz's research is the pressing query of recent utopia: how can we think freedom and equality in modernity?

The essays during this quantity discover the connection among socialism and modernity around the usa, Europe, and Australia from the mid-1980s to the flip of the twenty-first century, a time that witnessed the worldwide triumph of capitalism and the dramatic draw back from Marxism and socialism to modernity because the dominant point of view. in accordance with Beilharz, we've seen the growth of one of those Weberian Marxism, with the idea that of revolution giving option to the assumption of pluralized types of strength and the belief of rupture giving technique to the postmodern experience of distinction. those alterations come including the discourse of modernism, either aesthetic and technological.

Socialism and modernity, Beilharz argues, are essentially interrelated. In correcting the conflation of Marxism, Bolshevism, and socialism that occludes modern political considering, he reopens an area for dialogue of what socialist politics may well appear like now-in the postcommunist-postcolonial-postmodern moment.

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