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Crowds and Democracy: The Idea and Image of the Masses from Revolution to Fascism

Stefan Jonsson


Spanning aesthetics, cultural studies, intellectual history, and political theory, this volume unpacks the significance of the shadow agent known as “the masses” during a critical period of European history. It shows how, between 1918 and 1933, the masses became a decisive preoccupation of European culture, fuelling both modernist movements in art, literature, architecture, theatre, and cinema, as well as the rise of communism and fascism and experiments in radical democracy. It follows the evolution of the idea of the masses into a preferred conceptual tool for social scientists—the ideal slo ... More

Keywords: the masses, European culture, aesthetics, cultural studies, intellectual history, political theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231164788
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231164788.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stefan Jonsson, author