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Author Ramet, Sabrina P., 1949- author.

Title Alternatives to democracy in twentieth-century Europe : collectivist visions of modernity / Sabrina P. Ramet
Published Budapest ; New York : CEU Press, 2019
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Description 1 online resource (1 volume)
Contents Rival visions of alternative modernity: an introduction -- An evolving vision of an alternative modernity: Soviet communism -- The quest for an alternative modernity: Fascism and Nazism, part I -- The quest for an alternative modernity: Fascism and Nazism, part II -- The quest for freedom and solidarity: anarchism in Spain -- Epilogue: in defense of liberal democracy--and a warning
Summary "An original work of historical synthesis by an esteemed international scholar, this book offers the first comparative analysis of the four different types of collectivism (communism, Fascism; Nazism; anarchism) in twentieth-century Europe which aspired to create an 'alternative modernity'. The author presents not only the authoritarian alternatives to democracy of the past century, but also the experiment with anarchism undertaken in Spain in the late 1930s. The concept of the analysis is to show how these political systems are driven by rival visions of alternative modernity and how the prioritization of values plays out in politics. Each political concept discussed in the book found support among broad sectors of its respective population at one time or another, and were championed by professionals in the countries in which they took hold. The political vision which guided the construction (or in the anarchist case, attempted construction) of an alternative to democracy, oriented to an alternative future, is discussed in a balanced and erudite manner in each case. Debates within the participants in these projects are also focused. The book ends with a defense of liberal democracy, exploring departures from it in contemporary Hungary and Poland, but also the US"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital cover (viewed on November 21, 2019)
Subject Anarchism -- Europe -- History -- 20th century
Collectivism -- Europe -- History -- 20th century
Communism -- Europe -- History -- 20th century.
Democracy -- Europe -- 20th century
Fascism -- Europe -- History -- 20th century.
Socialism -- Europe -- History -- 20th century.
Politics and government.
Europe -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019002320
ISBN 9633863104