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Crowds and Democracy: The Idea and Image of the Masses from Revolution to Fascism
Linköping University, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2007-3736
2013 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Between 1918 and 1933, the masses became a decisive preoccupation of European culture, fueling modernist movements in art, literature, architecture, theater, and cinema, as well as the rise of communism and fascism and experiments in radical democracy. Spanning aesthetics, cultural studies, intellectual history, and political theory, this volume unpacks the significance of the shadow agent known as "the mass" during a critical period in European history. It follows its evolution into the preferred conceptual tool for social scientists, the ideal slogan for politicians, and the chosen image for artists and writers trying to capture a society in flux and a people in upheaval. This volume is the second installment in Stefan Jonsson's epic study of the crowd and the mass in modern Europe, building on his work in  A Brief History of the Masses, which focused on monumental artworks produced in 1789, 1889, and 1989.

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New York: Columbia University Press, 2013. , 312 p.
Keyword [en]
Popular culture Germany, Popular culture Austria, Collective behavior Political aspects Germany, Collective behavior Political aspects Austria, Democracy Social aspects Germany, Democracy Social aspects Austria, Germany Intellectual life 20th century, Austria Intellectual life 20th century.
Keyword [sv]
1918-1939 (mellankrigstiden), Masspsykologi historia, Folksamlingar, Intellektuellt liv, Populärkultur, Intellectual life, Tyskland, Österrike
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History of Ideas History General Literature Studies Cultural Studies Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-78542ISBN: 978-0-231-16478-8OAI: diva2:533998
Available from: 2012-06-15 Created: 2012-06-15 Last updated: 2015-09-22Bibliographically approved

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