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UNCERTAIN VICTORY

James I Kloppenberg.

 

Social Democracy and Progressivism in European and American Thought, 1870-1920.

Winner of the Organization of American Historians’ 1987 Merle Curti Award in Intellectual History

“An ambitious and extraordinary book that merits attention from historians of both Europe and America. . . . Here is a rigorous, first-rate mind at work, one that brings together a catholic range of scholarly interest with dean writing and magisterial judgments. ... He has productively done what many others have only advocated: comparative history that significantly illuminates the national strands that he weaves together. . . . Kloppenberg has read widely in primary sources, both published and archival, theoretical and private, again with unusual sensitivity—and with a thoroughness that verges on astonishing.”

—American Historical Review

 

“ Kloppenberg’s achievement in Uncertain Victory is ... to rediscover a virtually lost world—to reestablish the generation of Jame^and Dewey, Lippmann and Rauschenbusch in a setting of transatlantic connections and convergences that, for geocentric American historians, will be star-tlingly new. The result is a book of first importance. The breadth of Kloppenberg’s reading, the erudition spread through these pages, is staggering. ... An impressive piece of scholarship, the writing of which would crown, not begin, most intellectual historians' careers.'’

—Intellectual History Newsletter

 

“In his finely researched and imaginative survey, . . . Kloppenberg’s achievement is to demonstrate the integrity and the interlocking ties of this joint European/American effort, encompassing thinkers in the United States, Britain, France, and Germany. . . . The result is a book passionately argued by an author who knows that he is cheering for a movement that experienced more than its share of disappointments and rude shocks. Yet it is also a careful book ... an interesting and important contribution to the history of political philosophy.”

—Journal of American History

 

“A refreshingly rigorous, discerning analysis of a formidable and demanding topic in the history of ideas.”

—From the Merle Curti Award citation

About the Author

James T. Kloppenberg completed his A.B. at Dartmouth College and his Ph.D. in History and Humanities at Stanford University. He is Associate Professor of History at Brandeis University.