Uncertain Victory: Social Democracy and Progressivism in European and American Thought, 1870-1920

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byJames T. Kloppenberg

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Between 1870 and 1920, two generations of European and American intellectuals created a transatlantic community of philosophical and political discourse. Uncertain Victory, the first comparative study of ideas and politics in France, Germany, the U.S., and Great Britain during these fiftyyears, demonstrates how a number of thinkers from different traditions converged to create the theoretical foundations for new programs of social democracy and progressivism. Kloppenberg studies a wide range of pivotal theorists and activists--including philosophers such as William James, WilhelmDilthey, and T. H. Green, democratic socialists such as Jean Jaures, Walter Rauschenbusch, Eduard Bernstein, and Beatrice and Sidney Webb, and social theorists such as John Dewey and Max Weber--as he establishes the connection between the philosophers' challenges to the traditions of empiricism andidealism and the activists' opposition to the traditions of laissez-faire liberalism and revolutionary socialism. By demonstrating a link between a philosophy of self-conscious uncertainty and a politics of continuing democratic experimentation, and by highlighting previously unrecognizedsimilarities among a number of prominent 19th- and 20th-century thinkers, Uncertain Victory is sure to spur a reassessment of the relationship between ideas and politics on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Between 1870 and 1920, two generations of European and American intellectuals created a transatlantic community of philosophical and political discourse. Uncertain Victory, the first comparative study of ideas and politics in France, Germany, the U.S., and Great Britain during these fiftyyears, demonstrates how a number of thinkers fr...

James T. Kloppenberg is at Brandeis University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:560 pages, 9.13 × 5.98 × 1.14 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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"A challenging inquiry into the history and influence of ideas and into the thought of two generations of prominent Europeans and Americans who transformed the ideas of both revolutionary socialism and laissez-faire liberalism."--The Historian