Clifford Geertz

Que reste-t-il des révolutions du tiers monde ? 

L’élan révolutionnaire qui, au cours du xxe siècle, a abattu les empires à travers le monde a donné naissance à de nombreux pays. Pourtant, la référence fédératrice au cours des guerres d’indépendance à l’idée d’État-nation apparaît rétrospectivement comme faussement éclairante tant les modèles politiques issus de ces conflits coloniaux apparaissent hétérogènes et leurs développements erratiques.

Third World revolutions and their legacy.

The revolutionary whirlwind which, over the course of 20th century, brought down a string of empires across the world gave rise to a number of countries. And yet, with the benefit of hindsight, the reference to the nation-State that seemed to bind them together throughout their wars of independence fails to shed any genuine light on their fate, what with the wide diversity of the political models that came out of colonial conflict, their heterogeneous nature and their erratic individual course since then.

Clifford Geertz: "Que reste-t-il des révolutions du tiers monde ?"; in: Revue Esprit; (Juin 2005), pp. ?

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