The Politics of Moderation in Modern European History

  • Ido de Haan
  • Matthijs Lok

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Political History book series (PSPH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Ido de Haan, Matthijs Lok
    Pages 1-25
  3. Post-Revolutionary Moderation

  4. Third Ways, Moderation, and Radicalism in the Twentieth Century

  5. Moderation Beyond the European Tradition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-221
    2. Aurelian Craiutu, Sheldon Gellar
      Pages 237-257
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 259-272

About this book


This book charts the varieties of political moderation in modern European history from the French Revolution to the present day. It explores the attempts to find a middle way between ideological extremes, from the nineteenth-century Juste Milieu and balance of power, via the Third Ways between capitalism and socialism, to the current calls for moderation beyond populism and religious radicalism. The essays in this volume are inspired by the widely-recognized need for a more nuanced political discourse. The contributors demonstrate how the history of modern politics offers a range of experiences and examples of the search for a middle way that can help us to navigate the tensions of the current political climate. At the same time, the volume offers a diagnosis of the problems and pitfalls of Third Ways, of finding the middle between extremes, and of the weaknesses of the moderate point of view. 


Ideological extremes Polarized views Third Way Capitalism Socialism Fundamentalist Islam Anti-Islamic extremism Radicalization Intellectual history Political parties Aurelian Craitu

Editors and affiliations

  • Ido de Haan
    • 1
  • Matthijs Lok
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of HistoryUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of History and European StudiesUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-27414-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-27415-3
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