One Hundred Years of Socialism: The West European Left in the Twentieth Century

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The 100-year-period from 1880 to 1980 has seen the inception, unification, division and ultimate destruction of all of Western Europe's Socialist and Progressive parties. Whether in Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Scandinavia, the Iberian peninsula, Greece or the Low Countries, the end of the 20th century sees the Western European Left in comprehensive retreat from its long-term ambitions to overthrow - or at least reform - the capitalist system. Sassoon's main thesis is that far from overthrowing capitalism, socialism has, in the late 19th and 20th century, enjoyed a symbiotic relationship with it. Each has systematically given substantial ground to the other.

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Donald Sassoon was born in Cairo and educated in Paris, Milan and London. He is Professor of Comparative European History at Queen Mary, University of London and is the author of several highly acclaimed books, including Contemporary Italy: Politics, Economy and Society Since 1945, Mona Lisa: The History of the World's Most Famous Painting, The Culture of the Europeans and Mussolini.

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"A remarkable new work of historical analysis, which will soon establish itself as a classic' Eric Hobsbawm, Guardian. "Remarkable...A massive and original synthesis which deserves to become a classic, there is nothing comparable to it in the English language' David Marquand. "[An] extraordinary achievement...this book is a small masterpiece"Sir Bernard Crick. "Admirable...a compelling guide to the recent history of Social Democratic parties" Tony Judt, TLS. "The author has scaled a mountain of scholarship and returned with an indispensable work of reference and reflection" Norman Birnbaum, Political Quarterly. "A majestic work. Nothing like this great survey exists in any language...an unfailing pleasure to read" The Economist.

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