Contesting Democracy: Political Ideas in Twentieth-Century Europe / Edition 1

Contesting Democracy: Political Ideas in Twentieth-Century Europe / Edition 1

by Jan-Werner Müller
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300113218

ISBN-13: 9780300113211

Pub. Date: 08/23/2011

Publisher: Yale University Press

This book is the first major account of political thought in twentieth-century Europe, both West and East, to appear since the end of the Cold War. Skillfully blending intellectual, political, and cultural history, Jan-Werner Müller elucidates the ideas that shaped the period of ideological extremes before 1945 and the liberalization of West European politics

Overview

This book is the first major account of political thought in twentieth-century Europe, both West and East, to appear since the end of the Cold War. Skillfully blending intellectual, political, and cultural history, Jan-Werner Müller elucidates the ideas that shaped the period of ideological extremes before 1945 and the liberalization of West European politics after the Second World War. He also offers vivid portraits of famous as well as unjustly forgotten political thinkers and the movements and institutions they inspired.

Müller pays particular attention to ideas advanced to justify fascism and how they relate to the special kind of liberal democracy that was created in postwar Western Europe. He also explains the impact of the 1960s and neoliberalism, ending with a critical assessment of today's self-consciously post-ideological age.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300113211
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/23/2011
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations....................ix
Introduction....................1
1 The Molten Mass....................7
2 Interwar Experiments: Making Peoples, Remaking Souls....................49
3 Fascist Subjects: The Total State and Volksgemeinschaft....................91
4 Reconstruction Thought: Self-Disciplined Democracies, 'People's Democracies'....................125
5 The New Time of Contestation: Towards a Fatherless Society....................171
6 Antipolitics, and the Sense of an Ending....................202
Notes....................243
Index....................273
Acknowledgements....................279

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