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Authoritarian Apprehensions: Ideology, Judgment, and Mourning in Syria

Lisa Wedeen


If the Arab uprisings initially heralded the end of tyrannies and a move toward liberal democratic governments, their defeat not only marked a reversal but was of a piece with emerging forms of authoritarianism worldwide. In Authoritarian Apprehensions, Lisa Wedeen draws on her decades-long engagement with Syria to offer an erudite and compassionate analysis of this extraordinary rush of events—the revolutionary exhilaration of the initial days of unrest and then the devastating violence that shattered hopes of any quick undoing of dictatorship. Developing a fresh, insightful, and theoreticall ... More

Keywords: authoritarianism, Arab Spring, Syria, conflict, citizenry, political judgment, digital media, ideology, political theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226650579
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226650746.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisa Wedeen, author
University of Chicago