Primacy of Politics Social Democracy and the Making of Europe's Twentieth Century

ISBN-10: 0521521106
ISBN-13: 9780521521109
Edition: 2006
Authors: Sheri Berman
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List price: $30.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/7/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Political history in the industrial world has indeed ended, argues this pioneering study, but the winner has been social democracy - an ideology and political movement that has been as influential as it has been misunderstood. Berman looks at the history of social democracy from its origins in the late nineteenth century to today and shows how it beat out competitors such as classical liberalism, orthodox Marxism, and its cousins, Fascism and National Socialism by solving the central challenge of modern politics - reconciling the competing needs of capitalism and democracy. Bursting on to the scene in the interwar years, the social democratic model spread across Europe after the Second World War and formed the basis of the postwar settlement. This is a study of European social democracy that rewrites the intellectual and political history of the modern era while putting contemporary debates about globalization in their proper intellectual and historical context.

Sheri Berman is Assistant Professor of Politics at Princeton University.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Background and the Foundations
Democratic Revisionism Comes of Age
Revolutionary Revisionism and the Merging of Nationalism and Socialism
From Revisionism to Social Democracy
The Rise of Fascism and National Socialism
The Swedish Exception
The Postwar Era
Conclusion
Index

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