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Contesting Democracy: Political Ideas in Twentieth-Century Europe
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.
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Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Yale University Press; 1 edition (September 20, 2011)
1.3 x 6.4 x 9.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
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About the Author
Jan-Werner Müller teaches politics at Princeton University. His previous books include A Dangerous Mind: Carl Schmitt in Post-War European Thought and Another Country: German Intellectuals, Unification, and National Identity, both published by Yale University Press.
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