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After Progress: American Social Reform and European Socialism in the Twentieth Century

Norman Birnbaum

Abstract

The 20th century witnessed a profound shift in both socialism and social reform. In the early 1900s, social reform seemed to offer a veritable religion of redemption, but by the century's end, while socialism remained a vibrant force in European society, a culture of extreme individualism and consumption all but squeezed the welfare state out of existence. Documenting this historic change, this book looks at the course of social reform and Western politics after Communism. It traces in detail the forces that have shifted social concern over the course of a century, from the devastation of two ... More

Keywords: socialism, social reform, Western politics, economic growth, democracy, market forces, education, citizenship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195158595
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195158595.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Norman Birnbaum, author
Georgetown University (Emeritus)

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