By Carl Strikwerda
The 1st publication to discover the historic improvement of Belgian politics, this groundbreaking examine of the contention among Catholicism, Socialism and nationalism is vital interpreting for an individual drawn to Europe prior to global warfare I.
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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.
Well before the rise of socialism, divisions between anticlerical Liberals and Catholics had split Belgian politics. These divisions did not turn out to be a quarrel among elites. Since the coming of universal male suffrage in 1894, the Catholic party has received large numbers of middle- and lower-class votes, while the Socialists have almost always placed themselves firmly on the anticlerical side in issues involving religion. Furthermore, at the same time as the Socialists, other groups organized, in their view, to emancipate themselves.
Parti ouvrier belgeRdT:Revue du travailRSC:Revue sociale catholiqueSGUPC:Secrétariat générale des unions professionnelles chrétiens Page xix PART 1 THE PROBLEM AND THE SETTING Page 1 Chapter 1 The Problem of Mass Politics After World War I, European politics experienced a dramatic realignment. Traditional liberal parties declined sharply, while socialist and labor union movements grew rapidly. Social democratic movements made great strides, but fascism and communism also exploded onto the scene.
A House Divided by Carl Strikwerda