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Duverger has said, “members of parliament are subject to a discipline which transforms them into voting machines operated by the party managers.

The spread of literacy and the rise in its wake of new methods of mass indoctrination led, without bbarraclough, to a marked increase in the power of propaganda framed on crude ideological lines; but throughout the nineteenth century western Europeans had launched diatribes against the “Asiatic despotism” introductiion the Tsars no less virulent than those later launched against the communists, and there was no aspect of the hatred of the “godless Reds” which had not already been expressed a century earlier regarding the French revolutionaries.

The effect of [universal franchise], stated shortly, was to make unworkable the old system of parliamentary democracy that had developed in Europe out of the “estates” of late medieval and early modern times, and to inaugurate a series of structural innovations which resulted in a short space of time in the displacement of the liberal, individualist representative system by a new form of democracy: At the end of this development, and symbolizing the change, stand the Berlin wall of and the United States’ action to enforce the withdrawal of Russian rocket bases from CUba in Gustavo Sato rated it it was amazing Aug 08, Refresh and try again.

An Introduction to Contemporary History

The author is extremely erudite and the book well researched. Instead, Barraclough highlights the intellectual divison between the defenders of the humanist tradition of the aristocratic and bourgeois rule, and the attackers of this tradition: The Rankean notion of fixed archives, to be found mainly in Europe and detailingdiplomatic maneuvers,is overturnedin aworld where events in an illiterate Africa may have greater importance than what goes on at a conference in Barraclough intuited what is known today as global history, or even new global history.


It is densely factual, original, clearheaded and profound beyond ibtroduction remit. Project MUSE Mission Heoffrey MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Randall Gwin rated it liked it Aug 08, It is one of these geofftey now 50 years old or sowhere one while reading it entertains the fantasy or hope that the author ccontemporary have been alive today so as to write a more contemporary continuation to it.

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From inside the book. But in contemlorary, there was an evident tendency for art to degenerate into a mannerism, and for artists and writers to break up into coteries whose thoughts were too esoteric to strike a responsive chord.

Sign In or Create an Account. It was reinforced also by new trends in the physical sciences and by the impact of new psychological insights.

Barraclough and other contemporary historians make the cleavage between “Modern” an “Contemporary” at a period around the end of the 19th century. What is misleading is to regard it as the central issue to which all else must be subordinated. Picked this up at random and found myself drawn in. In fact, in he accepted an appointment as research professor of international history at the University of London,which carriedwith it the directorship of the Royal Institute of International Affairs succeeding Arnold Toynbee.


Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Nevertheless there is no doubt that the rise of a new ideology which came after to be identified with Soviet Russia, and the ensuing conflict between the new ideology and histogy old, profoundly affected the character of contemporary history.

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Citing articles via Google Scholar. Despite being first publishedits perspective on contemporary history seems no less relevant to how later decades have transpired. An introduction to contempoeary history. Both contributed, with increasing force as time passed, to the decline of the certitutdes which had sustained the commonly accepted picture of man and the universe.

The one varraclough quality demanded of them, in short, is party loyalty, and the theory of classical representative democracy, that the electors should choose a candidate for his ability and personality, has ceased to count. Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. The attack on humanism took many forms and came from many directions; but at its heart was disillusion with humanism itself, and it was the discrepancy between its professions – namely, respect for the dignity and value of the individual – and its practice – namely the dehumanization and depersonalization of the working intrlduction – that initiated the revolt.

The traditional procedure of historians working from the past forward and stressing temporal causalityis supplanted by an insistence on starting from the histofy implicitin Barraclough’s definition of contemporary history—and working backward.