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This book explores the changing nature of social movements and economic elites in post-Second World War Europe. In the years following 1945, Europe faced diverse challenges connected by the overriding question of how the reconstruction of the continent should proceed. For the Central Powers, the implementation lay in the hands of the Allied occupying forces who organised the process of denazification and the establishment of a new economic order. In countries without military occupation, there was a deep gap between the new governmental forces and the former collaborators. In both cases,…mehr

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This book explores the changing nature of social movements and economic elites in post-Second World War Europe. In the years following 1945, Europe faced diverse challenges connected by the overriding question of how the reconstruction of the continent should proceed. For the Central Powers, the implementation lay in the hands of the Allied occupying forces who organised the process of denazification and the establishment of a new economic order. In countries without military occupation, there was a deep gap between the new governmental forces and the former collaborators. In both cases, social movements which were formed by anti-fascists on the left of the political spectrum assumed the task of social reorganisation. The chapters in this book explore the discourses about economic systems and their elites which moved to the fore across a range of European countries, uncovering who was involved, what resistance these social movements faced and how these ultimately failed in the West to bring about change, while in Eastern Europe Stalinism forcibly imposed change.


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  • Verlag: Springer-Verlag GmbH
  • Seitenzahl: 316
  • Erscheinungstermin: 29. Mai 2018
  • Englisch
  • ISBN-13: 9783319771977
  • Artikelnr.: 53513308
Autorenporträt
Stefan Berger is Professor of Social History and Director of the Institute for Social Movements at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, where he is also executive chair of the History of the Ruhr Foundation. He is also Honorary Professor at Cardiff University in the UK. His research focuses on the comparative history of social movements, the history of historiography, nationalism studies, memory studies, histories of deindustrialisation, and the history of British-German relations.

Marcel Boldorf is Professor of German History at Lumière University Lyon 2, France. His research focuses on German and European economic history from the 18th to the 20th century. His recent studies are dedicated to the economies of World War I and II from a worldwide perspective.

Inhaltsangabe
1 Social Movements and the Change of Economic Elites in Europe: An Introduction 2 Confrontation or Cooperation? The Labour Movement and Economic Elites in West Germany after 1945 3 Social Movements and the Change of Industrial Elites in East Germany 4 France after the Liberation: The Labour Movement, the Employers and the Political Leaders in their Struggle with the Social Movement 5 Social Movements and Changing Elites: The Belgian Case 6 The Dutch Postwar Social Movement and the Elite's Reaction 7 The Works Councils in Czechoslovakia, 1945-1949: Remarks on the Fate of a Social Movement in the Process of Transformation 8 Rebuilding the Donbass: The Impact of Nazi Occupation on Workers, Engineers and the Economic Development of the Post-War Soviet Union in Late Stalinism 9 Change or Continuity in the Danish Elites? Social Movements and the Transition from War to Peace in Denmark, 1945-1947 10 Political Radicalization and Social Movements in Liberated Norway, 1945-1947 11 Capitalism Under Attack: Economic Elites and Social Movements in Post-War Finland 12 The Swedish Labour Movement and Post-War Radicalisation: Social Democracy between Economic Elites and the Trade Union Movement 13 The Labour Movement and Business Elites under Waning Facism: Spain, 1939-1951 14 Saving Social Democracy? Hugh Clegg and the Post-War Programme to Reform British Workplace Industrial Relations - too little too late? 15 Conclusion: Social Movements and the Change of Industrial Elites: A European Approach