Dreams of Peace and Freedom Utopian Moments in the

Dreams of Peace and Freedom Utopian Moments in the Twentieth Century In the wake of the monstrous projects of Hitler Stalin Mao and others in the twentieth century the idea of utopia has been discredited Yet historian Jay Winter suggests alongside the “major utopians” who murdered millions in their attempts to transform the world were disparate groups of people trying in their own separate ways to imagine a radically better world This original book focuses on some of the twentieth century’s “minor utopias” whose stories overshadowed by the horrors of the Holocaust and the Gulag suggest that the future need not be as catastrophic as the pastThe book is organized around six key moments when utopian ideas and projects flourished in Europe 1900 the Paris World's Fair 1919 the Paris Peace Conference 1937 the Paris exhibition celebrating science and light 1948 the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1968 moral indictments and student revolt and 1992 the emergence of visions of global citizenship Winter considers the dreamers and the nature of their dreams as well as their connections to one another and to the history of utopian thought By restoring minor utopias to their rightful place in the recent past Winter fills an important gap in the history of social thought and action in the twentieth century Jay Winter visits six moments during the 20th century when minor utopian visions offered beneficent and just alternative trajectories than those major utopian projects that resulted in massive human devastation liberal and socialist pacifism in 1900; the Wilsonian moment of self determination in 1919; a celebration of enlightened scientific progress at the 1937 Paris World's Fair; the framing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948; counter cultural movements across the three worlds in 1968; and prospects for recalibrating global identities along with conventional notions of sovereignty and citizenship since the 1990s While in many ways these chapters and their sub chapters retain an appealing vignette uality they also offer insightful meditations on thought provoking issues that have animated many hopeful yet regularly frustrated activists working towards ideal configurations of social and political organization linking the local national and global My favorite sections were the chapter that folded a biography of Rene Cassin into a complex analysis of the UDHR and the sections in the chapter on 1968 that addressed the liberation theology movement and the student movements in Berlin and Paris

  • Hardcover
  • 272 pages
  • Dreams of Peace and Freedom Utopian Moments in the Twentieth Century
  • Jay Murray Winter
  • English
  • 06 January 2016
  • 9780300106657

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