One of the great contrarians of international relations scholarship, Fred Halliday was able to combine his understanding of the broad sweep of modern history with a profound knowledge of modern revolutions, the Middle East, and national movements. This collection of Halliday’s political essays written for the online journal openDemocracy between 2004 and 2009 is proof of a subtle worldview that continues to generate questions: What is the relation between religion, nationalism, and progress? Is a new international order possible? When is intervention a force for progress?
From the big headline topics such as the Iraq War to the unexpected comparisons of Tibet and Palestine, or Afghanistan and the Falklands, Halliday’s writings provide a perennially surprising and enlightened guide to the major issues of international politics.
"Fred Halliday's Political Journeys range over wide intellectual and political landscapes, with brilliant insights, absorbing narratives, lucid writing, and subtle humour."—Sami Zubaida, Emeritus Professor of Politics and Sociology, Birbeck, University of London~Sami Zubaida
"Whatever the subjects . . . Halliday's knowledge, imagination, and intellectual independence illuminate them all."—Francis Wheen, author of Karl Marx
"Halliday’s passion, reason and learning were never needed more than now. This book is an important reminder of one of the most thoughtful and humane figures on the international left."—David Herman, The New Statesman~David Herman, New Statesman
“It is cheering...that a selection of essays, written by Halliday for the website openDemocracy…has just been published by Yale University Press.”—The Nation~The Nation