By Jan-Werner Mülller
This booklet is the 1st significant account of political concept in twentieth-century Europe, either West and East, to seem because the finish of the chilly warfare. Skillfully mixing highbrow, political, and cultural heritage, Jan-Werner Müller elucidates the information that formed the interval of ideological extremes ahead of 1945 and the liberalization of West ecu politics after the second one global warfare. He additionally deals bright photos of recognized in addition to unjustly forgotten political thinkers and the activities and associations they inspired.
Müller will pay specific awareness to principles complicated to justify fascism and the way they relate to the certain type of liberal democracy that used to be created in postwar Western Europe. He additionally explains the effect of the Sixties and neoliberalism, finishing with a serious evaluation of today's self-consciously post-ideological age.
" [An] remarkable survey of 20th-century eu political thought.”—Tony Barber, monetary Times
(Tony Barber monetary instances 2011-08-20)
'This is a pathbreaking learn within the highbrow background of Europe in our time. Analysing rules that had political impression, Jan-Werner Mülller illuminates a endless debate approximately actual and fake democracy.' - Timothy Garton Ash
(Timothy Garton Ash)
'The so much leading edge components of this admirably thorough and complete 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 thought and perform, philosophy and heritage, meet. comprehend this "in-between" and also you are good in your method to knowing the private dynamics that form sleek political life. during this illuminating research Jan-Werner Müller is helping us see the event of twentieth-century Europe, East and West, in a clean gentle by means of displaying how its attribute ideologies constructed, functioned, and tailored to the realm they created. by means of concentrating on "political concept that issues politically" Müller takes us past the straightforward tales we've got inherited approximately revolution and response, post-war reconstruction, the chilly warfare, the Sixties, and masses else. by way of the top he places us in a far better 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 fulfillment of Jan Werner Müller's Contesting Democracy is to lead us adequately around the significant unruly manifestos of ecu 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 complete research of political rules in 20th- century Europe but on hand. It shows a masterful command of basic texts, archival resources, and myriad secondary literatures. Müller assembles for political theorists, highbrow historians and social scientists formerly disparate items of intellectual-political existence from the final, such a lot incomprehensible century on that forever puzzled and infinitely confusing continent. via so expertly conveying the total importance of communism, fascism, liberalism, social democracy and Christian democracy, Müller makes the eu 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] effective research of the influence of mass democracy on ecu political cultures.”—David Marquand, the recent Statesman
(David Marquand the hot Statesman 2011-08-22)
“…..[An] very good book…..Müller presents an insightful and entire review of the improvement of political rules in 20th-century Europe that takes in Fascism, Communism, social democracy, liberalism, and lots more and plenty else.—Jeremy Jennings, perspective Magazine
(Jeremy Jennings point of view journal 2011-09-13)
“Muller’s profound and stimulating publication has a lot to provide, either to experts and for others.”—Roger Morgan, occasions greater Education
(Roger Morgan instances better schooling 2011-10-06)
“There isn't any bankruptcy of the 20 th century’s ecu political idea that isn't luminously analysed during this fantastically written, lucidly argued and immensely enticing book.”—Vladimir Tismaneanu, foreign Affairs
(Vladimir Tismaneanu overseas Affairs 2012-01-01)
"Jan-Werner Muller has written a good publication which for the 1st time offers us a competent synthesis of twentieth-century eu political thought." eu evaluation of History
(European evaluate of background 2012-08-27)
"The originality of Contesting Democracy stems in stable half from the variety of its topic, its good thought-out constitution, and, final yet no longer least, its energetic anecdotes and remarkable costs. Müller writes elegantly and has an outstanding eye for vital rules and missed authors." A. Craiutu, Springer.
(A. Craiutu Springer 2012-07-31)