The Rise of the Global Imaginary
Political Ideologies from the French Revolution to the Global War on Terror
Manfred B. Steger
Reviews and Awards
Review from previous edition A brilliant and erudite essay on the power of social imaginaries in the past and today. Steger gives us new tools to understand seemingly inexplicable contradictions in a global age. He draws on a far broader range of texts than we might expect, and does so often with novel questions and interpretations. The result is a book that illuminates, challenges, and decodes much of what remains in the shadows of globalization. - Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, Columbia University, and author of Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages.
Unpeeling layers of conventional knowledge, Manfred Steger deftly cuts right to the core of ideas as historical forces. With remarkable acuity, his monumental Global Imaginary bores into secular and religious ideologies, and reveals what powers them. - James H. Mittelman, University Professor of International Affairs, American University, Washington, DC.
If you want to know how we are likely to be affected by the greatest intellectual struggle of our time-between the death-throes of nationalism and the birth-pangs of globalism-Manfred Steger's The Rise of the Global Imaginary is the best guide yet. Written in flinty, accessible prose and rich in its grasp of history, politics and culture, this book will appeal equally to the specialist scholar and the general reader. One cannot read its intelligent dissections of destablizing nationalisms, competing ideological globalisms and the pervasive reach of our new cultural imaginings without experiencing shivers of admiration, apprehension and hope. Globalization studies will never be the same. - Iain McCalman AO, Professor of History and Federation Fellow, University of Sydney.