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The author of fourteen books, Charles Maier is one of the most prominent contemporary scholars of European history.
Recasting Bourgeois Europe, his first book, presented an unparalleled analysis of the crucial decade in Europe after 1918. Based on extensive archival research in each of the three countries, the book examined how European societies progressed from a moment of social vulnerability to one of political and economic stabilization.
Recasting Bourgeois Europe accomplished two major historiographical goals simultaneously. First, Maier provided a comparative history of three different European societies for a period when common developments demanded an approach other than that of the usual national histories. Second, he rethought the political structure of the European interwar period. Although most accounts presented the 1920s as a time characterized by illusory attempts to return to a prewar political equilibrium, and doomed to succumb to the Depression and the dictatorships, Maier suggested instead that the stabilization of the 1920s, vulnerable as it was, foreshadowed the more enduring political stability achieved after World War II.
The immense and ambitious scope of this book, its ability to follow diverse but uni.ed histories in detail, and its effort to make stabilization, and not just breakdown, a historical problem have made it a classic of European historiography.
A diplomatic history of the years after World War I in which the attempt was made to find normalcy again in international relations and economics.
|Preface to the 1988 Reprinting||ix|
|Introduction: From Bourgeois to Corporatist Europe||3|
|Part I||The Containment of the Left|
|Chapter 1||The Dimensions of Social Conflict at the End of World War I||19|
|The Language of Class Anxiety (1900-1925)||22|
|Elites--Resilient and Vulnerable||39|
|Business Accommodation in Germany and France||53|
|Chapter 2||Politics among the Victors: Issues and Elections in November 1919||88|
|Bourgeois Cohesion in France||91|
|Bourgeois Disarray in Italy||109|
|Chapter 3||The Limits of Economic Restructuring||135|
|The Evolution of Leftist Objectives||136|
|Strategies of Bourgeois Defense||153|
|The Coal Crisis||194|
|Part II||The Failure of the Parliamentary Center|
|Chapter 4||The Politics of Reparation||233|
|The Wager on "Fulfillment"||233|
|Reparation, Taxes, and the Demands of German Heavy Industry||249|
|The Bankruptcy of Moderation (1922)||272|
|Chapter 5||The Attrition of the Liberal Regime in Italy||305|
|The Political Ecology of Fascism||305|
|From Giolitti to Mussolini: The Liberals' Search for Order||322|
|Part III||Paths Toward Corporatist Stability|
|Chapter 6||Between Nationalism and Corporatism: The Ruhr Conflict||355|
|Inflation, Social Democracy and the Challenge to Sovereignty in Germany||356|
|Corporatist Forces versus Poincare and Stresemann||387|
|Chapter 7||Majorities without Mandates: Issues and Elections in the Spring of 1924||421|
|The Limits of Mussolini's Majority||422|
|The Limits of Social Democratic Eclipse||440|
|The Limits of the Cartel des Gauches||458|
|Chapter 8||Achieving Stability||481|
|Inflation, Revaluation, and the Decomposition of Parliamentary Politics||483|
|Iron, Steel, and the International Organization of Capitalism||516|
|Corporative State in Corporatis Europe||545|
|Conclusion: The Structure and Limits of Stability||579|