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    Politics Without Romance? The Pursuit of Consent in Democracy.Arianna Bove - 2020 - History of European Ideas 47:1-16.
    Democratic governance is under increasing scrutiny as a result of waning trust in political institutions, and a widening gap between public aspirations and government performance. The purpose of this paper is to address what is currently diagnosed as a democratic deficit by calling into question the notion of consent, procedures advocated in its pursuit, and its relationship with democracy. To this purpose, the paper reviews seminal works that have investigated the nexus of democracy and consent over time: The Calculus of (...)
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    Hegel’s Intervention in Württemberg’s Constitutional Conflict.Elias Buchetmann - 2020 - History of European Ideas 46 (2):157-174.
    ABSTRACTIn so far as Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel’s political thought is placed in historical context, Prussia usually takes pride of place even among those who reject the tenacious stereotype of ‘the Prussian state philosopher’. This article in contrast draws attention to Hegel’s often neglected intervention in Württemberg’s constitutional conflict in 1817/18. Drawing on contemporary pamphlets, lecture transcripts and correspondence, it provides an analysis of Hegel’s Assessment of the Proceedings of the Estates Assembly of the Kingdom of Württemberg in 1815 and (...)
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  3. Placeless People. Writing, Rights and Refugees: By Lyndsey Stonebridge, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2018, 244 Pp., £22.5 (Hardback), ISBN 9780198797005. [REVIEW]Andre Santos Campos - 2020 - History of European Ideas 46 (2):212-215.
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  4. Gramsci’s Critique of Croce on the Catholic Church.Takahiro Chino - 2020 - History of European Ideas 46 (2):175-189.
    ABSTRACTAntonio Gramsci rigorously analysed the modern transformation of the Catholic Church and its strategy to spread its worldview to the Italian masses through secular means. His critique of the Church largely drew on his examination of the grounds that ensured Croce’s critique was doomed to failure. Despite its harshness, Croce’s critique failed because he did not grasp that the main target of the Church’s strategy was the common sense of the masses, while Croce pursued his critique in a highly idealist (...)
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  5. Quesnay’s Thought and Influence Through Two Related Texts, Droit Naturel and Despotisme de la Chine, and Their Editions.Gabriel Sabbagh - 2020 - History of European Ideas 46 (2):131-156.
    ABSTRACTBetween 1765 and 1767 Quesnay published Droit naturel and Despotisme de la Chine. I show that these texts are strongly related. I study their various versions and editions, some of which were previously poorly known, and attempt to evaluate their readership. I uncover a lost manuscript and neglected sources of Despotisme de la Chine which help to clarify various points about the text. It is shown that it was finished most probably well before the end of 1766. Its economic contents (...)
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  6. The Politics of Commercial Treaties in the Eighteenth Century: Edited by Antonella Alimento and Koen Stapelbroek, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, XI, 472, £80 (Hardback), ISBN 978-3-319-53574-6. [REVIEW]James Stafford - 2020 - History of European Ideas 46 (2):215-217.
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  7. ‘The Fatherland Perished in the Frozen Wastes of Russia’: West-Germans in Search of the European Soldier, 1940–1967.Jan Tattenberg - 2020 - History of European Ideas 46 (2):190-208.
    ABSTRACTAlthough the European Union is today largely understood as the guarantor of peace and prosperity on the continent, a continued but neglected aspect of discourses of European integration has been military integration. The idea of a European army appealed in particular to West-German military elites. European military integration, they understood in part as a pragmatic response to technological and geopolitical developments. But they also sought to conceive of a way to safeguard both the West-German state and the Christian Occident from (...)
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  8. Ancients and Moderns in Sixteenth-Century Ethnography.Kathryn Taylor - 2020 - History of European Ideas 46 (2):113-130.
    ABSTRACTThe sixteenth-century reckoning with extra-European peoples and cultures occurred at precisely the same moment that humanists were increasingly preoccupied with the daily life, material culture, and lived religion of classical antiquity. Leading figures in sixteenth-century antiquarianism took an abiding interest in ethnographic accounts of contemporary peoples and even produced such accounts. This article examines how sixteenth-century readers and scholars placed bodies of literature on ancient and modern customs in dialogue with one another. While scholars have long appreciated that ethnographic and (...)
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    Michael Polanyi and Otto Neurath: An Unplanned Parallel in British Intellectual Life: Review of Gábor Bíró: The Economic Thought of Michael Polanyi, by Gábor Bíró Abingdon and New York, Routledge, 2020, Ix + 178 Pp., £115.00 (Hardcover), ISBN 978-0-367-24563-4. [REVIEW]Adam Tamas Tuboly - 2020 - History of European Ideas 46 (2):218-224.
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  10. Hugo Grotius, A Lifelong Struggle for Peace in Church and State, 1583–1645: By H. J. M. Nellen. Translated From the Dutch by J. C. Grayson, Leiden/Boston, Brill, 2015, 827 Pp., ISBN 978-90-04-27436-5 (Hardback) and 978-90-04-28179-0 (E-Book); Plus 130 Illustrations, Partly in Colour. [REVIEW]Jan Waszink - 2020 - History of European Ideas 46 (2):209-211.
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  11. Negotiating ‘Outer Europe’: The Trades Union Congress , Transnational Trade Unionism and European Integration in the 1950s.Matthew Broad - 2020 - History of European Ideas 46 (1):59-78.
    ABSTRACTThe 1950s were a frenetic moment in the European integration process during which the European Economic Community, the ultimately abortive Free Trade Area, and subsequently the European Free Trade Association were all negotiated. Trade unions showed keen interest in these schemes; moreover, their own highly institutionalised cooperation suggested they might come to play a key role in shaping them. And yet scholars have argued how divergent traditions and domestic pressures precluded the emergence of a coherent trade union platform on European (...)
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  12. Whoever Launches the Biggest Sputnik has Solved the Problems of Society? Technology and Futurism for Western European Social Democrats and Communists in the 1950s.Ettore Costa - 2020 - History of European Ideas 46 (1):95-112.
    ABSTRACTBy analysing the policies and ideas of German social democracy, the British Labour Party and the Italian Communist Party, this article explores their attitude towards science and their imagination of the future in the 1950s. Deeply different, social democrats and communists shared a positivist attitude in favour of scientific progress and high modernity. This painted their attitude towards the space race, peaceful nuclear power and automation. Science was conceived as a neutral power to be supported, but it required political guidance (...)
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  13. Introduction: Transnationalism in the 1950s Europe, Ideas, Debates and Politics.Ettore Costa & Mats Andrén - 2020 - History of European Ideas 46 (1):1-12.
    ABSTRACTThis special issue re-evaluates the 1950s as a period of transnationalism in ideas and political practices, offering innovative insights into political history and political ideas. Without setting the national and transnational spheres against each other, the issue argues that the dialectics between the two was a defining element of Europe in this period. The articles explore transnational cooperation and exchanges among intellectuals, politicians and trade unionists, showing how they were changing in their interaction. The editorial sets out from the research (...)
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  14. From Imperial Discussion to Transnational Debate. The Commonwealth Journal The Round Table and the Indo-Pakistani Partition, 1947–1957.Jens Norrby - 2020 - History of European Ideas 46 (1):25-40.
    ABSTRACTThe political shockwaves from the partition of India and Pakistan were felt far beyond the local tragedies that followed in its wake – not least in British imperial politics, where the two new Dominions and the subsequent reorganisation of the Commonwealth drastically altered the character of the imperial machinery. This article covers the first decade of Pakistan’s and India’s independence through the activity of the Commonwealth journal The Round Table. Through studying the interaction between the local correspondents and the English (...)
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    ‘No Automation Must Be Achieved Without Improving Living Standards’. The British Labour Party, the Italian Socialist Party and the German Social Democratic Party During the Postwar Technological Revolution.Jacopo Perazzoli - 2020 - History of European Ideas 46 (1):79-94.
    ABSTRACTThis article discusses the connection between Western socialist parties and technological development during the 1950s. The cases of the British Labour Party, the German Social Democracy, and the Italian Socialist Party let us to examine socialist perspectives in managing technological progress and in conceiving programmes and purposes on scientific research. This choice allows to understand two different aspects: on the one hand, the new pragmatism of socialist and social democratic parties, which was a typical trait of Postwar's socialist revisionism; on (...)
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  16. Nationalism, Transnationalism and European Socialism in the 1950s: A Comparison of the French and German Cases.Brian Shaev - 2020 - History of European Ideas 46 (1):41-58.
    ABSTRACTThis article explores national dimensions of transnational interaction between the French Socialist Party and the German Social Democratic Party in the 1940s–1950s within a comparative framework. Doing so allows us to uncover why the French and German parties retained intensive transnational contacts with one another despite their disappointments with postwar socialist internationalism. The SFIO and SPD were eager to put a socialist stamp on reconstruction, European integration, and French-German relations. The article shows why transnational engagement with their cross-Rhine colleagues appeared (...)
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