A House Divided by Carl Strikwerda

By Carl Strikwerda

The 1st e-book to discover the old improvement of Belgian politics, this groundbreaking examine of the contention among Catholicism, Socialism and nationalism is key examining for somebody attracted to Europe ahead of global conflict I.

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26 From a theoretical perspective, an approach that examines class as well as cultural and political factors promises to be the most useful in studying the rise of mass politics. The salience of class is undeniable since the class tensions created by the industrial revolution provoked new groups to organize. Yet Page 8 cultural and political creeds at the same time provided points for groups to rally around. What is needed is an approach that combines class analysis with a broader examination of other forces at work, an analysis that examines both the repression of the lower classes and the loyalties that may have helped them to ally with powerholders.

151-152. For 1939-71, Jean Neuville, La `Representativité' des syndicats, (Brussels and Paris: Etudes Sociales, 1960), pp. 116-17; Val Lorwin, "Labor Unions and Political Parties in Belgium," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, vol. 28, no. 2 January 1975. Page 17 Finally, how did Catholics and Socialists learn to live together in a pluralistic society and even to cooperate to oppose fascism and communism? This study will view the rise of socialism as one part, albeit a large one, of mass politics in which conflicting loyalties linguistic nationalism, religion, alliances with different interest groups all competed with socialism for the allegiance of Belgian workers.

To the extent that historians and social scientists have dealt with the importance of late-nineteenth-century mass politics as a whole for the twentieth century, they have focused on two interpretations. First, they have argued that the critical factor of the late nineteenth century was the struggle between liberalism and socialism. In general, where liberalism declined earlier, socialism grew more rapidly, and this had profound consequences for the interwar era. In Scandinavia and most of Central and Southern Europe, liberal parties weakened, while in France, Britain, and Switzerland, for example, they remained vigorous.

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