By Jan-Werner Mülller
This e-book is the 1st significant account of political proposal in twentieth-century Europe, either West and East, to seem because the finish of the chilly conflict. Skillfully mixing highbrow, political, and cultural heritage, Jan-Werner Müller elucidates the information that formed the interval of ideological extremes prior to 1945 and the liberalization of West ecu politics after the second one international conflict. He additionally deals brilliant graphics of recognized in addition to unjustly forgotten political thinkers and the events and associations they inspired.
Müller can pay specific awareness to principles complex to justify fascism and the way they relate to the unique form of liberal democracy that was once created in postwar Western Europe. He additionally explains the influence of the Sixties and neoliberalism, finishing with a severe overview 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 heritage of Europe in our time. Analysing rules that had political effect, Jan-Werner Mülller illuminates a unending debate approximately precise and fake democracy.' - Timothy Garton Ash
(Timothy Garton Ash)
'The so much leading edge elements of this admirably thorough and entire publication take care of the no longer 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 therapy of advancements in Western and japanese Europe.' - Jürgen Habermas
'Ideology is where the place idea and perform, philosophy and heritage, meet. comprehend this "in-between" and also you are good in your solution to realizing the inner most dynamics that form glossy political lifestyles. during this illuminating research Jan-Werner Müller is helping us see the adventure of twentieth-century Europe, East and West, in a clean gentle by means of exhibiting how its attribute ideologies built, functioned, and tailored to the realm they created. through concentrating on "political inspiration that concerns politically" Müller takes us past the easy tales we've got inherited approximately revolution and response, post-war reconstruction, the chilly conflict, the Sixties, and lots more and plenty else. by way of the top he places us in a more robust place to appreciate the forces at paintings in modern eu 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 titanic 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 feel of urgency and signifiance.' - Charles S. Maier
'Jan-Werner Müller’s Contesting Democracy is the main philosophically refined and topically complete learn 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 perpetually puzzled and infinitely complicated continent. by means of so expertly conveying the total value of communism, fascism, liberalism, social democracy and Christian democracy, Müller makes the eu 20th century even more fathomable from a old, ethical and political viewpoint than any earlier paintings, in any language.' - John P. McCormick, writer of Machiavellian Democracy
(John P. McCormick)
“…… [A] fantastic examine of the influence of mass democracy on ecu political cultures.”—David Marquand, the hot Statesman
(David Marquand the hot Statesman 2011-08-22)
“…..[An] very good book…..Müller presents an insightful and finished assessment of the improvement of political principles in 20th-century Europe that takes in Fascism, Communism, social democracy, liberalism, and lots more and plenty else.—Jeremy Jennings, perspective Magazine
(Jeremy Jennings perspective journal 2011-09-13)
“Muller’s profound and stimulating booklet has a lot to provide, either to experts and for others.”—Roger Morgan, instances greater Education
(Roger Morgan occasions greater schooling 2011-10-06)
“There isn't any bankruptcy of the 20 th century’s ecu political idea that's not luminously analysed during this fantastically written, lucidly argued and immensely attractive book.”—Vladimir Tismaneanu, overseas Affairs
(Vladimir Tismaneanu overseas Affairs 2012-01-01)
"Jan-Werner Muller has written a very good e-book which for the 1st time offers us a competent synthesis of twentieth-century eu political thought." eu overview of History
(European overview of background 2012-08-27)
"The originality of Contesting Democracy stems in stable half from the range of its topic, its good thought-out constitution, and, final yet no longer least, its energetic anecdotes and noteworthy costs. Müller writes elegantly and has a great eye for vital principles and missed authors." A. Craiutu, Springer.
(A. Craiutu Springer 2012-07-31)