Forging Democracy : The History of the Left in Europe, 1850-2000

Forging Democracy : The History of the Left in Europe, 1850-2000

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Neither given nor granted, democracy requires conflict, often violent confrontations, and challenges to the established political order. In Europe, Geoff Eley convincingly shows, democracy did not evolve orgainically out of a natural consensus, the achievement of prosperity, or the negative cement of the Cold War. Rather, it was painstakingly crafted, continually expanded, and doggedly defended by varying constellations of socialist, feminist, Communist, and other radical movements that originally blossomed in the later nineteenth century. Parties of the Left championed democracy in the revolutionary crisis after World War I, salvaged it against the threat of fascism, and renewed its growth after 1945. They organized civil societies rooted in egalitarian ideals which came from the very fiber of Europe's current democratic traditions. The trajectories of European democracy and the history of the European Left are thus inextricably bound together.... industrial capitalism behind them a€” factory and small workshop concentrations of machine production; heavy manual labor ... classical tradition disappeared, therefore, the questions inevitably arose: what kinds 405 Chapter 24 New Poltics, anbsp;...

Title:Forging Democracy : The History of the Left in Europe, 1850-2000
Author:Geoff Eley Professor of History University of Michigan
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 2002-03-28


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