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War for Eternity

The Return of Traditionalism and the Rise of the Populist Right

Benjamin R. Teitelbaum

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Allen Lane
28 April 2020
Politics & government; Political science & theory; Conservatism & right-of-centre democratic ideologies; Nationalism; Geopolitics
Steve Bannon in the United States. Olavo de Carvalho in Brazil. Aleksandr Dugin in Russia. Gabor Vona in Hungary. All rising to power in the past decade. All affiliated with an obscure philosophical movement called Traditionalism. Since the early 20th century, Traditionalism has defined itself against modernity and Enlightenment values. Traditionalist thinkers such as Rene Guenon and Julius Evola celebrated hierarchy, denounced the idea of progress, and regarded liberal secularism, capitalism, and communism as aligned forces working to replace social, cultural and political norms. Ethnographer Benjamin Teitelbaum had been studying Traditionalism for years as a sort of novelty, associated with a restless subsection of the right - too antisocial for activism and largely without influence. And yet when Steve Bannon entered the White House in 2017, reports suggested he was an avid reader of Traditionalist teachings. Through exclusive interviews and deep historical context, Teitelbaum reveals the radical worldview infusing the thinking of powerful actors and inspiring a renegade reinterpretation of humanity, geopolitics and history. Fast-paced and gripping, War for Eternity is a must-read for anyone trying to understand the Far Right's vision to change the world.
By:   Benjamin R. Teitelbaum
Imprint:   Allen Lane
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 162mm,  Spine: 32mm
Weight:   555g
ISBN:   9780241431078
ISBN 10:   0241431077
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   28 April 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Benjamin Teitelbaum is a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. His first book, Lions of the North was widely reviewed and critically acclaimed. He has published opinion pieces in Foreign Policy, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Atlantic, as well as multiple op-eds in the New York Times, all of them dealing with far-right politics and activism.

Reviews for War for Eternity: The Return of Traditionalism and the Rise of the Populist Right

Timely, insightful and often troubling. . . War for Eternity is predominantly an attempt to understand the ideology of Bannon and other important alt-right figures. . . Teitelbaum enjoys remarkable access to them and uses his background research into the contemporary far right to fill in the gaps, draw connections and explain the bigger picture -- Kieran Pender * Literary Review * Insightful and immersive. . . Teitelbaum argues that Bannon's rise, alongside counterparts in countries such as Brazil and Russia, can be traced to an obscure intellectual current that you have never heard of. . . If you are interested in exploring the intellectual traditions that underpin today's populist revolt, this is a useful place to start -- Matthew Goodwin * Sunday Times *


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