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The Journey to Tahrir reviewed in New Left Project

Ryan Healey22 August 2012

In New Left Project, David Wearing reviews The Journey to Tahrir: Revolution, Protest, and Social Change in Egypt, focusing on the post-revolution resilience of Egypt's "deep state"—the remnants of Mubarak's former National Democratic Party, the Interior Ministry, state media and a sympathetic judiciary—in light of President Morsy's surprise reshuffling of the military leadership. Wearing recommends The Journey to Tahrir in order to understand Egypt's dismal revolutionary prospects:

The French revolution lasted over ten years because a series of historical processes and contradictions simply took that long to resolve themselves into a new order that was capable of enduring beyond the short term. It is hard to discern any sustainable equilibrium in Egyptian politics at the moment. Not, at least, with any real degree of confidence.

A collection of essays from the Middle East ReportThe Journey to Tahrir charts the advent of trade union strikes in the past decade, the acceleration of Mubarak's neoliberal policies, and the flourishing of dissent after the Iraq War. 

Read the review in full at New Left Project.

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