In Left in the Past, Alastair Bonnett re-assesses the place of nostalgia within radical politics and, in doing so, provides a new introduction to the history and politics of the left. Left in the Past argues that nostalgia has been an important, but repressed, aspect of the socialist imagination. The book begins by showing the centrality and repression of nostalgia in both 19th-century radicalism and anti-colonial radicalism. This is followed by an examination of the consequences of this inheritance amongst revolutionary intellectuals in the twentieth century. Bonnett also shows that, today, i
Contents; Acknowledgements; Introduction; The Dilemmas of Radical Nostalgia; Acknowledging Nostalgia: Four Provocations; Six Windows onto Radical Nostalgia; Part One; Chapter One: Nostalgia and the Left: Denial, Danger and Doubt; Chapter Two: Nostalgia in and against English Socialism, 1775-1894; Part Two; Chapter Three: Worlds We Have Lost: Nostalgia in Anti-colonialism and Post-colonialism; Chapter Four: The Melancholia of Cosmopolis; Part Three; Chapter Five: Yearning at the Extremes: Situationist Nostalgia; Chapter Six: The Psychogeography of Loss; Conclusion: Acknowledging Nostalgia
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