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Socialism and the Experience of Time: Idealism and the Present in Modern France

Julian Wright


How do we make social democracy? Should we seize the unknown possibilities offered by the future, or does lasting change really occur when we focus our attention on the immediate present in which we live? These arguments are fundamental to the divisions within left-wing politics in particular. The modernist vision of revolution suggests that the present is precisely the time that needs to be surpassed. But can society change without putting today’s experience of social injustice at the heart of our programme?This book asks how, from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries, socialists ... More

Keywords: History, France, Socialism, Time, Modernity, Intellectual, Reformism, Social Democracy, Temporality, Revolution

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199533589
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199533589.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julian Wright, author
Senior Lecturer in History, University of Northumbria

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