Palgrave Studies in Political History

The Politics of Moderation in Modern European History

Editors: de Haan, Ido, Lok, Matthijs (Eds.)

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  • Explores the range of attempts in modern European history to find a middle way between ideological extremes
  • Argues that the history of modern politics can inform our understanding of the current political climate, drawing on past examples of the search for moderate perspectives
  • Evaluates the problems and pitfalls of choosing ‘third ways’ between extreme points of view
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This book charts the varieties of political moderation in modern European history from the French Revolution to the present day. It explores the attempts to find a middle way between ideological extremes, from the nineteenth-century Juste Milieu and balance of power, via the Third Ways between capitalism and socialism, to the current calls for moderation beyond populism and religious radicalism. The essays in this volume are inspired by the widely-recognized need for a more nuanced political discourse. The contributors demonstrate how the history of modern politics offers a range of experiences and examples of the search for a middle way that can help us to navigate the tensions of the current political climate. At the same time, the volume offers a diagnosis of the problems and pitfalls of Third Ways, of finding the middle between extremes, and of the weaknesses of the moderate point of view.

About the authors

Ido de Haan is Professor of Political History at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. He has published on nineteenth-century European political history, on the history and memory of the Holocaust, on Jewish history, and on the history of citizenship, democracy, and the welfare state. He currently studies the history of neoliberalism in the Netherlands.

Matthijs Lok is Assistant Professor of Modern European History at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. His publications focus on the politics of memory and forgetting in the Restoration era, on the Counter-Enlightenment, European conservatism and nationalism, on the history of state formation and civil administration, and on the historiography of Europe.


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“This wide-ranging, intellectually-bracing volume reconstructs a neglected site of thought and action, which it identifies as a tradition of political moderation ever since the start of the age of democratic revolutions.  In so doing, it offers a bounty of sustained historical and analytical imagination, reshaping inquiry and understanding.” (Ira Katznelson, Columbia University, USA)

“This highly innovative volume provides the first comparative historical explanation of moderation in Europe from the era of the French revolution of 1789 to the present day. It brings together an excellent team of scholars who explore how moderation has been understood and practised, as an ideology, as a form of politics, and as a personal way of being. It is a volume which should be read by anybody who wants to understand European history from the centre rather than the extremes.” (Martin Conway, University of Oxford, UK )

“This collection of interesting and illuminating essays appears at a propitious moment. At no time in the last decades has the concept of political moderation been in greater need of study. The Politics of Moderation in Modern European History offers a timely and welcome reflection on this important topic. The volume brings together a rich collection of essays that go some way to deepening our understanding of moderation as a political concept and experience of political and social life.” (Michael Drolet, University of Oxford, UK)

 

 

 

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Politics of Moderation

    Pages 1-25

    Haan, Ido (et al.)

  • Against Popular Societies and Faction: Transatlantic Discourses of Moderation in the American, French and Dutch Republics of the 1790s

    Pages 29-48

    Koekkoek, René

  • Moderation and Religion in France After the Revolution: Germaine de Staël and Benjamin Constant

    Pages 49-65

    Ghins, Arthur

  • ‘The Extremes Set the Tone’: Counter-Revolutionary Moderation in Continental Conservatism (ca. 1795–1835)

    Pages 67-88

    Lok, Matthijs

  • Taming the Evil Passions: Moderation in the International Relations

    Pages 89-107

    Graaf, Beatrice

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Politics of Moderation in Modern European History
Editors
  • Ido de Haan
  • Matthijs Lok
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Political History
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-27415-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-27415-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-27414-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 272
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