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

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This book by acclaimed historian Donald Sassoon traces the fortunes of the political parties on the left in Western Europe through the twentieth century. Sassoon charts the course of socialism across fourteen countries, from the Second International to the birth of the welfare state to the student uprisings of the 1960s and beyond. Unique, comprehensive, and "appropriately ambitious" (Los Angeles Times), One Hundred Years of Socialism demonstrates that throughout their history, the fortunes of capitalism and socialism have been inextricably linked. Capitalism may now appear to be triumphant, but how much does it owe to the socialist legacy? Can socialism go global and continue to be a force for change in the twenty-first century?

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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 genuinely major contribution to political understanding. -- New York Times

By any standards, a majestic work. Nothing like this survey exists in any language....Stylishly written, with an ironic wit and vivid gift for metaphor....An unfailing pleasure to read. -- The Economist

Sassoon, a teacher of history at the University of London, hops from country to country around Western Europe, following socialism's several national strands ... The breadth of his knowledge leads him to be a little contradictory in assigning responsibility for the social progress. In some passages he credits the Socialists, but in others he acknowledges that non-Socialists of various stripes have sometimes taken the lead... -- The New York Times Book Review, Paul Berman

This panoramic, sweeping history of a century of European political events examines the presence of the left in Europe from 1898 to the present, examining changes affecting socialist and social democratic parties and contrasting socialist systems with capitalism in the U. S. and in other countries. This should be considered essential in-depth reading for any studying socialism, providing the definitive analysis of socialist history and thought in this century. -- Midwest Book Review

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