By Jan-Werner Mülller
This e-book is the 1st significant account of political inspiration in twentieth-century Europe, either West and East, to seem because the finish of the chilly warfare. Skillfully mixing highbrow, political, and cultural background, Jan-Werner Müller elucidates the tips that formed the interval of ideological extremes earlier than 1945 and the liberalization of West eu politics after the second one international battle. He additionally bargains vibrant images of well-known in addition to unjustly forgotten political thinkers and the activities and associations they inspired.
Müller can pay specific cognizance to principles complicated to justify fascism and the way they relate to the certain type of liberal democracy that was once created in postwar Western Europe. He additionally explains the effect of the Nineteen Sixties and neoliberalism, finishing with a severe review of today's self-consciously post-ideological age.
" [An] extraordinary survey of 20th-century eu political thought.”—Tony Barber, monetary Times
(Tony Barber monetary instances 2011-08-20)
'This is a pathbreaking examine within the highbrow historical past of Europe in our time. Analysing rules that had political influence, Jan-Werner Mülller illuminates a endless debate approximately real and fake democracy.' - Timothy Garton Ash
(Timothy Garton Ash)
'The such a lot leading edge components of this admirably thorough and finished e-book take care of the now not so liberal roots of the liberal political associations and practices that got here to fruition in post-war Europe. What moves me is the balanced remedy of advancements in Western and jap Europe.' - Jürgen Habermas
'Ideology is where the place conception and perform, philosophy and heritage, meet. comprehend this "in-between" and also you are good in your option to realizing the private dynamics that form sleek political life. during this illuminating examine Jan-Werner Müller is helping us see the adventure of twentieth-century Europe, East and West, in a clean gentle via exhibiting how its attribute ideologies constructed, functioned, and tailored to the area they created. via concentrating on "political proposal that concerns politically" Müller takes us past the straightforward tales we have now inherited approximately revolution and response, post-war reconstruction, the chilly warfare, the Sixties, and lots more and plenty else. by means of the tip he places us in an improved place to appreciate the forces at paintings in modern ecu politics and the unusual allure of the "anti-political" ideology that governs our time.' - Mark Lilla, writer of The Reckless brain: Intellectuals in Politics
'The nice success of Jan Werner Müller's Contesting Democracy is to steer us adequately around the giant unruly manifestos of eu political principles, from the appalling doctrines that helped generate the totalitarian regimes and global wars to the uneasy decency of our personal period, with out sacrificing the reader's experience of urgency and signifiance.' - Charles S. Maier
'Jan-Werner Müller’s Contesting Democracy is the main philosophically refined and topically entire learn of political principles in 20th- century Europe but on hand. It shows a masterful command of basic texts, archival assets, and myriad secondary literatures. Müller assembles for political theorists, highbrow historians and social scientists formerly disparate items of intellectual-political existence from the final, so much incomprehensible century on that without end confused and infinitely confusing continent. by way of so expertly conveying the whole value of communism, fascism, liberalism, social democracy and Christian democracy, Müller makes the ecu 20th century even more fathomable from a ancient, ethical and political perspective than any prior paintings, in any language.' - John P. McCormick, writer of Machiavellian Democracy
(John P. McCormick)
“…… [A] superb learn of the influence of mass democracy on eu political cultures.”—David Marquand, the hot Statesman
(David Marquand the recent Statesman 2011-08-22)
“…..[An] very good book…..Müller offers an insightful and accomplished evaluation of the improvement of political rules in 20th-century Europe that takes in Fascism, Communism, social democracy, liberalism, and masses else.—Jeremy Jennings, point of view Magazine
(Jeremy Jennings point of view journal 2011-09-13)
“Muller’s profound and stimulating booklet has a lot to supply, either to experts and for others.”—Roger Morgan, occasions greater Education
(Roger Morgan occasions greater schooling 2011-10-06)
“There is not any bankruptcy of the 20th century’s eu political notion that's not luminously analysed during this fantastically written, lucidly argued and immensely enticing book.”—Vladimir Tismaneanu, overseas Affairs
(Vladimir Tismaneanu foreign Affairs 2012-01-01)
"Jan-Werner Muller has written a superb ebook which for the 1st time supplies us a competent synthesis of twentieth-century eu political thought." eu evaluate of History
(European evaluate of heritage 2012-08-27)
"The originality of Contesting Democracy stems in sturdy half from the variety of its topic, its good thought-out constitution, and, final yet now not least, its full of life anecdotes and noteworthy prices. Müller writes elegantly and has an excellent eye for very important rules and missed authors." A. Craiutu, Springer.
(A. Craiutu Springer 2012-07-31)