The People's Spring

The People's Spring

The Future of the Arab Revolution


The 2011 outburst of uprisings by the Arab peoples caught the world's attention. But can the 'Arab Spring' live up to the hopes invested in it? Amin's incisive analysis shows that although this 'spring' coincides with the 'autumn' of capitalism, the current Arab uprisings are primarily anti-imperialist and not anti-capitalist movements. To take control of shaping their future, Arab peoples need to avoid a retreat into Islamisation, to unify in a positive and genuinely new alternative for secular democracy, and struggle alongside other people against both capitalism and imperialism.

If workers in the imperial centres also to rise up the resulting alliance could lead to a transition towards socialism. Alternatively capitalism's decline could pull humanity into widespread barbarity. There are powerful forces pulling in this direction: the US/NATO project for military control of the planet, the decline of democracy in the imperialist countries and the rejection of democracy by religious fundamentalists in countries of the South. The 2011 uprisings offer a glimpse of an alternative future. But the challenge is huge, not only for the Arab and Islamic world but also for all the radical left, in the South and the North. The events currently taking place become comprehensible, enabling us to face up to their challenges, only in the light of understanding them in the long term.

Title The People's Spring
Subtitle The Future of the Arab Revolution
Edition First Edition
Author Samir Amin
BISAC Subject Heading POL007000 POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy
POL008000 POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Campaigns & Elections
POL055000 POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Australian & Oceanian
BIC Subject Heading JPWF Demonstrations & protest movements
JPWQ Revolutionary groups & movements
JPFF Socialism & left-of-centre democratic ideologies
Audience 01 General / trade
Title First Published 26 July 2012
Includes Index; Bibliography
Format Paperback
Nb of pages VI - 204 p. Index . Bibliography .
ISBN-10 0857491156
ISBN-13 9780857491152
Related Formats Product by same author ISBN-13 9781906387792
Publication Date 26 July 2012
Main content page count 204
Front matter page count (Roman) 6
Dimensions 12.9 x 19.8 cm
Weight 343 gr
List Price £16.95
Format Multi-item Pack
Nb of pages Index . Bibliography .
Reference no. BUNDPDF9780857491152
Weight 343 gr
List Price £17.00
Format PDF
Nb of pages CCXX - p. Index . Bibliography .
Product Detail PDF
ISBN-10 0857491164
ISBN-13 9780857491169
Publication Date 26 July 2012
Front matter page count (Roman) 220
List Price £13.95

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