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Twentieth-century Mass Society in Britain and the Netherlands

Twentieth-century Mass Society in Britain and the Netherlands

by Bob Moore

Bob Moore is Professor of Twentieth-Century European History at the University of Sheffield. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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and Henk van Nierop

Henk van Nierop is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Amsterdam. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Berg, 2006
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781350048942
  • ISBN:
    978-1-3500-4894-2 (online)

    978-1-8452-0525-6 (hardback)

    978-1-8478-8326-1 (epdf)
  • Edition:
    English edition
  • Place of Publication:
    Oxford
  • Published Online:
    2017
Twentieth-century Mass Society in Britain and the Netherlands
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From the beginning of the nineteenth century, Western Europe witnessed the emergence of a 'mass' society. Grand social processes, such as urbanization, industrialization and democratization, blurred the previous sharp distinctions that had divided society. This massive transformation is central to our understanding of modern society.

Comparing the British and Dutch experience of mass society in the twentieth century, this book considers five major areas: politics, welfare, media, leisure and youth culture. In each section, two well-known specialists - one from each country - examine the conditions behind the rise of a mass society, and show how these conditions were distinctively British or Dutch. Drawing on history, cultural studies and sociology, the authors bring new insight into the development of modern European society.