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Ch09 Legacies of the Revolution. Ch08 Social Classes in Struggle. Chilcote is professor of economics and political science at the University of California, Riverside. It focuses on the revolutionary rupture of , the counterrevolutionary offensive, and the rollback of reforms leading to the consolidation of bourgeois hegemony under neoliberalism.
The Portuguese Revolution
This line of argument is addressed by structuring the analysis around two main parts to the book: These main parts are bookended by excellent introductory and concluding chapters that deliver a lucid and exemplary assessment of the principal threads weaved throughout the volume, namely the conditions of state and class formation during and after the Portuguese revolution, which shape the present.
This book is therefore a wonderful statement on class theory and the origins and evolution of the Portuguese capitalist state. It is also a pivotal study that will generate significant comparative interest, not least because the concern with the delays and advances of bourgeois revolution in Portugal has clear import to cases of state formation across European and postcolonial contexts.
One topic touched on within the book but worth debating beyond its pages is its reflection on the thinking of Antonio Gramsci and his theorising of hegemony as a way to assess the capitalist experience before and after the period. After all, it is stated that, for comparative study:. I would certainly concur but also add that this line of argumentation could have been expanded and developed in more detail.
Throughout the study there is a stress on a renovated bourgeoisie that was unable to build unity with the popular masses in Portugal and, on the other hand, there is also a focus on how even the revolutionary interlude failed to destroy the legacies of the old order. One consequence of wider engagement with this book and the subsequent debate it will sprout in current conditions of Eurozone crisis may then well be increased focus on passive revolution as one of the key antinomies of capitalist development and all it currently implies in relation to austerity, wage cuts, mass unemployment and social protest.
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