- Title: The Primacy of Politics: Social Democracy and the Making of Europe's Twentieth Century
- Author: Sheri Berman
- ISBN: 9780521521109
- Page: 483
- Format: Paperback
Political history in the industrial world has indeed ended, argues this pioneering study, but the winner has been social democracy an ideology and political movement that has been as influential as it has been misunderstood Berman looks at the history of social democracy from its origins in the late nineteenth century to today and shows how it beat out competitors suchPolitical history in the industrial world has indeed ended, argues this pioneering study, but the winner has been social democracy an ideology and political movement that has been as influential as it has been misunderstood Berman looks at the history of social democracy from its origins in the late nineteenth century to today and shows how it beat out competitors such as classical liberalism, orthodox Marxism, and its cousins, Fascism and National Socialism by solving the central challenge of modern politics reconciling the competing needs of capitalism and democracy Bursting on to the scene in the interwar years, the social democratic model spread across Europe after the Second World War and formed the basis of the postwar settlement This is a study of European social democracy that rewrites the intellectual and political history of the modern era while putting contemporary debates about globalization in their proper intellectual and historical context.
Recent Comments "The Primacy of Politics: Social Democracy and the Making of Europe's Twentieth Century"
To begin with, let me just say: this is a fantastic book that packs a lot of underexamined but pivotal history into just a little more than 200 pages. I cannot recommend it enough for anyone who wishes to better understand the 20th century and the political legacy that lives on to this day.Berman wants to argue that only social democracy can thread the needle between the economic determinists and the retrograde forms of communitarianism offered by ethno-nationalists. To make this argument, she c [...]
very insightful. How the social democratic parties in Europe created the highest form of civilization (yet).
Read for its general review of European Social Democracy, but not for its analysis or revisionist history.
A nuanced history of social democracy and socialism. According to Berman the great difference between on the one hand Social Democracy and Nazism as opposed to laissez-faire and communism is that the former believe that politics really can form society, whereas the latter believe that in the end economic laws are what shape the world.The book describes the history of Social Democracy in Germany, Italy and Sweden at length, describing how the movement initially sprang out of communism, based on a [...]
A serious and intelligent corrective to the solipsistic Anglosphere interpretation of the 20th century as a story of liberal democratic capitalism steering, often unsuccessfully, between the Scylla and Charybdis of Communism and Fascism. Where James Gregor traced the origins of Fascism/National Socialism in revisionist Marxism, Berman does the same for Social Democracy, which would eventually triumph throughout Europe. In both cases, the revision involved abandoning orthodox Marxism's emphasis o [...]
Sheri Berman tells of a well-researched and nuanced history about what she considers the winning ideology of the 20th century: social democracy. As Berman tells it social democracy emerged as a response to the failure of liberal laissez faire and Marxist theory. While social democracy emerged from the Marxist left, it rejected Marxism's ideas on class warfare and dialectical materialism for cross-class political alliances and the acceptance of "the primacy of politics", that is, acceptance of pa [...]
I guess this book says that I am not sure what it says. It is essentially an account of the socialist movement in the late 19th and early 20th century. It's interesting as it outlines the different ideological factions within the movement, and how they interacted with each other, with other parties and with government, essentially paving the way for social democracy and national socialism.I still don't understand what the title is all about, really.
It is a great book that serves as a history of Social Democracy. It also asserts interesting similarities between Social Democracy and National Socialism. I disagree with the conclusion, however, that Social Democracy is the "winner" of the 20th century.
The Primacy of Politics manages to be both engaging and easily read. I might not agree with Berman's conclusion about the social democratic hegemony, but as an overview of Europe's history of socialism it's great.
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