chapter  5
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Revolutions do not happen: resolving global antagonisms

Both the EOKA and anni di piombo militancies existed on fault lines in world ordering: EOKA occupied a position within the struggle for ‘decolonisation’ while the anni di piombo groups were situated within a wave of leftist uprisings during the Cold War. In this chapter I argue that situating the militancies accordingly can actually emphasise their roles in the reproduction of global politics rather than in its disruption. The conflicts unintentionally performed a function for international politics, enabling configurations of power to be reproduced in subtler forms. Rather than disrupting colonialism or the administration of US and Soviet client states during the Cold War, the anti-colonial and leftist militancies enabled the securing of international political discourse as ‘anti-colonial’ and ‘anti-communist’. They contributed to the ability of global politics to ‘resolve’ issues such as colonialism and global bifurcation through the rearrangement of international space and the subtler redeployment of configurations of power. I will argue that nothing was actually solved in these resolutions; matters were only rearranged – and the performance of conflict contributed to this rearrangement (and reinscription) of global politics and international space. The intersections between politics and violence are so profound that periods of international armed subversion can actually be read as functional for, rather than disruptive of, global politics.