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The Age of Counter-Revolution

States and Revolutions in the Middle East

Author(s): Jamie Allinson

ISBN: 9781108735520
Publication Date: 26-05-2022
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The 'Arab Spring' has come to symbolise defeated hopes for democracy and social justice in the Middle East. In this book, Jamie Allinson demonstrates how these defeats were far from inevitable. Rather than conceptualising the 'Arab Spring' as a series of failed revolutions, Allinson argues it is better understood as a series of successful counter-revolutions. By comparing the uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Bahrain, Libya and Yemen, this book shows how these profoundly revolutionary situations were overturned by counter-revolutions. Placing the fate of the Arab uprisings in a global context, Allinson reveals how counter-revolutions rely on popular support and cross borders to forge international alliances. By connecting the Arab uprisings to the decade of global protest that followed them, this innovative work demonstrates how new forms of counter-revolution have rendered it near impossible to implement political change without first enacting fundamental social transformation.

  • Provides a comparative account of post-2011 counter-revolutions in the Middle East, for an accessible history of revolutions and counter-revolutions
  • Places the history of Arab counter-revolutions within their political and economic context
  • Moves scholarship away from Middle East exceptionalism to demonstrate the global significance of the Arab uprisings and their aftermath