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Liberalism, Fascism, or Social Democracy: Social Classes and the Political Origins of Regimes in Interwar Europe

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  9 ratings  ·  3 reviews
This work provides a sweeping historical analysis of the political development of Western Europe in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Arguing that the evolution of most Western European nations into liberal democracies, social democracies, or fascist regimes was attributable to a discrete set of social class alliances, the author explores the origins and out ...more
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Published July 25th 1991 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published March 19th 1991)
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T.F. Rhoden
This book presents a structural argument. Luebbert accounts for the adoption of liberalism, social democracy, and fascism (and “traditional dictatorship” to a much lesser degree) in Europe between the two world wars.

This argument is also comparative—not just one state’s (mis)adventures alone in liberalism, social democracy, or fascism—but an analytical rendering that takes into account the divergent experiences of every national state in Western Europe in its finial estimation of why it is that
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Mar 30, 2010 Anne rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in early 20th century European politics
I read this for my final project in Comparative-Historical Sociology as a junior and am now thinking it might be something I'd be interested in rereading, since I'm more familiar with the historical background now.

Apparently at the time, I thought it was really readable as far as academic books go but definitely NOT something I'd ever read for fun.

We'll see if that changes.
Matt
An incredibly insightful social analysis of European interwar political developments. Recommended for anybody who wants to understand the history of European domestic politics.
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