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Social Democracy in the Making

Political and Religious Roots of European Socialism

Gary Dorrien

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Yale University
04 June 2019
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000; Social & political philosophy; Religion & politics; Politics & government; Marxism & Communism
An expansive and ambitious intellectual history of democratic socialism from one of the world's leading intellectual historians and social ethicists The fallout from twenty years of neoliberal economic globalism has sparked a surge of interest in the old idea of democratic socialism-a democracy in which the people control the economy and government, no group dominates any other, and every citizen is free, equal, and included. With a focus on the intertwined legacies of Christian socialism and Social Democratic politics in Britain and Germany, this book traces the story of democratic socialism from its birth in the nineteenth century through the mid???1960s.

Examining the tenets on which the movement was founded and how it adapted to different cultural, religious, and economic contexts from its beginnings through the social and political traumas of the twentieth century, Gary Dorrien reminds us that Christian socialism paved the way for all liberation theologies that make the struggles of oppressed peoples the subject of redemption. He argues for a decentralized economic democracy and anti-imperial internationalism.

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By:   Gary Dorrien
Imprint:   Yale University
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 236mm,  Width: 167mm,  Spine: 39mm
Weight:   1.034kg
ISBN:   9780300236026
ISBN 10:   0300236026
Pages:   600
Publication Date:   04 June 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Gary Dorrien is the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary and professor of religion at Columbia University. His previous books include The New Abolition and Breaking White Supremacy. He lives in New York City.

Reviews for Social Democracy in the Making: Political and Religious Roots of European Socialism

This book is a brilliant tour-de-force. As the questions of democracy, economic democracy, and socialism are of growing interest to so many, the time for this book has surely come. -Joerg Rieger, Vanderbilt University In this important and timely book, Dorrien gives us a masterful synthetic overview of democratic socialism as a distinct moral and political tradition, outlining the theological and philosophical currents that were vital to its development. His exemplary scholarship is driven by a passion for the existential importance of this tradition. -Luke Bretherton, Duke University Social Democracy in the Making provides a superb, erudite history of the evolution of democratic socialist ideas and practices, thereby highlighting the vital efforts of the democratic Left to create a new and better world. -Lawrence S. Wittner, University at Albany, SUNY This well-researched, insightful, and nuanced account successfully presents a strong case for democratic socialism as a compelling political alternative in our radically pluralist society. - Ruben Rosario Rodriguez, Saint Louis University This book is a profound and important interpretation of the intertwined legacies of Christian socialism and Social Democracy, interpreting both as movements for economic democracy-an indispensable common ground for social justice movements today. -Jung Mo Sung, Methodist University of Sao Paulo, Brazil


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