European Socialists Respond to Fascism: Ideology, Activism and Contingency in the 1930s: European…

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byGerd-Rainer Horn

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Based on documents collected in six European countries, European Socialists Respond to Fascism: Ideology, Activism and Contingency in the 1930s is a transnational study of largely parallel developments in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, and Spain in the years 1933-1936. Triggered into action by the shock effect of the Nazi rise to power in Germany, socialists throughout Western Europe entered an unusually active period of practical reorientation and debate over political strategy which helped determine the contours of European politics up to the outbreak of WorldWar II and beyond. Stressing the transnational dimension of this process while simultaneously integrating local, regional, and national factors, this work finds that it was social democracy, rather than communism, that acted as the primary vehicle for radical change among European marxists duringthe 1930s. Following major figures within the European left and the significant events that made up the inter-war period, Gerd-Rainer Horn demonstrates the interconnectedness of Europe's interwar socialists. Finally, Horn manages to relate these findings to the ongoing interdisciplinary debate on structure,agency, and contingency in the historical process.

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Based on documents collected in six European countries, European Socialists Respond to Fascism: Ideology, Activism and Contingency in the 1930s is a transnational study of largely parallel developments in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, and Spain in the years 1933-1936. Triggered into action by the shock effect of the Nazi rise to ...

Gerd-Rainer Horn is at Western Oregon State College.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.49 × 6.5 × 0.91 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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List of Abbreviations1. Introduction2. The Itineraries of the LSI and the Comintern3. An International United Front?4. The Era of United Fronts5. The Promise of the Plan6. The Nature of a Popular Front7. Transnational Consciousness Within the European Left8. Piston-Box and Steam9. Contingency in the Historical ProcessNotesIndex

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"...it should be required reading not only for all those who seek to understand the West European Left in the 1930s but also for all those interested in the more fruitful products of comparative history."--Journal of Modern History