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Sophisticated Rebels

The Political Culture of European Dissent, 1968–1987, With a New Preface by the Author

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$35.00 • £28.95 • €31.50

ISBN 9780674821316

Publication Date: 09/01/1990


184 pages


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Writing with terse precision, [Hughes] surveys an astonishing range of figures and issues: the French novelist Michel Tournier; Milan Kundera; John Paul II and his role in the rise of Solidarity in Poland; the socialist fiasco in France; the flowering of the ecology movement in Germany… Hughes offers a useful introduction to the contemporary intellectual scene in Europe: his summaries of thinkers are models of lucid economy, authoritative in tone, usually generous in spirit.—Jim Miller, The Washington Post Book World

Written with Hughes’ usual elegance, with an appealing mixture of engagement and detachment, the book gives a vivid picture of people who ‘had in common a resolute moral sense’… An astoundingly compact and most informative sketch of contemporary dissidence.—Fritz Stern, Foreign Affairs

Hughes is America’s foremost interpreter of recent European intellectual history.The Christian Century

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