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Harvard Historical Studies #165: The Conservative Turn: Lionel Trilling, Whittaker Chambers, and the Lessons of Anti-Communism

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The Conservative Turn tells the story of postwar America's political evolution through two fascinating figures: Lionel Trilling and Whittaker Chambers. Born at the turn of the twentieth century, they were college classmates who went on to intellectual prominence, sharing the questions, crises, and challenges of their generation.

A spy for the Soviet Union in the 1930s, Chambers became the main witness in the 1948 trial of Alger Hiss, which ended in Hiss's conviction for perjury. The trial advanced the careers of Richard Nixon and Joseph McCarthy and marked the beginning of the Cold War mood in America. Chambers was also a major conservative thinker, a theorist of the postwar conservative movement.

Meanwhile, in the 1940s and 1950s, the literary critic Trilling wrote important essays that encouraged liberals to disown their radical past and to embrace a balanced maturity. Trilling's liberal anti-communism was highly influential, culminating politically in the presidency of John F. Kennedy.

Kimmage argues that the divergent careers of these two men exemplify important developments in postwar American politics: the emergence of modern conservatism and the rise of moderate liberalism, crucially shaped by anti-communism. Taken together, these developments constitute a conservative turn in American political and intellectual life--a turn that continues to shape America's political landscape.

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The Conservative Turn tells the story of postwar America's political evolution through two fascinating figures: Lionel Trilling and Whittaker Chambers, who went on to intellectual prominence, sharing the questions, crises, and challenges of their generation. Kimmage argues that the divergent careers of these two men exemplify important developments in postwar American politics: the emergence of modern conservatism and the rise of moderate liberalism.

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A New Republic "The Plank" Blog Best Book of 2009

About the Author

Michael Kimmageis Assistant Professor of History, <>Catholic University of America.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  1. Sons of the Bourgeoisie: Portrait of Lionel Trilling and Whittaker Chambers as Young Men
  2. Red Years in the Red Decade: Pursuing Soviet Alternatives
  3. Kronstadt: The Break
  4. First Steps in an Anti-Stalinist World
  5. Toward an Anti-Communism of the Left and an Anti-Communism of the Right
  6. Fictional Anti-Communism: Lionel Trilling's The Middle of the Journey
  7. Witness: The Trial of Whittaker Chambers
  8. Conservatism and the Anti-Communist Self
  9. The Establishment of an Anti-Communist Intelligentsia
  • Epilogue
  • Notes
  • Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674032583
Author:
Kimmage, Michael
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Communism
Subject:
History
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
United States Intellectual life.
Subject:
Right and left (political science)
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series:
Harvard Historical Studies
Series Volume:
165
Publication Date:
March 2009
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
440
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Biography » Historical
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General
Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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"Synopsis" by , The Conservative Turn tells the story of postwar America's political evolution through two fascinating figures: Lionel Trilling and Whittaker Chambers, who went on to intellectual prominence, sharing the questions, crises, and challenges of their generation. Kimmage argues that the divergent careers of these two men exemplify important developments in postwar American politics: the emergence of modern conservatism and the rise of moderate liberalism.
"Synopsis" by , A New Republic "The Plank" Blog Best Book of 2009
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