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The History of Social Movements in Global Perspective

A Survey

  • Stefan Berger
  • Holger Nehring


  • Examines recent manifestations of protest and dissent across a number of cultures

  • Analyses the significance of the Arab Spring, The Occupy Movement, and protests in Europe in the context of social mobilisation

  • Collects studies on modern social movements from across an interdisciplinary spectrum


Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements book series (PSHSM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Stefan Berger, Holger Nehring
    Pages 1-35
  3. Conceptual, Methodological and Theoretical Considerations

  4. Continental Perspectives on the History of Social Movements

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Marcel van der Linden
      Pages 175-209
    3. Andreas Eckert
      Pages 211-224
    4. Arvind Elangovan
      Pages 265-295
    5. Jung Han Kim, Jeong-Mi Park
      Pages 297-324
  5. Social Movements in Transnational Historical Perspective

About this book


Social movements have shaped and are shaping modern societies around the globe; this is evident when we look at examples such as the Arab Spring, Spain’s Indignados and the wider Occupy movement. In this volume, experts analyse the ‘classic’ and new social movements from a uniquely global perspective and offer insights in current theoretical discussions on social mobilisation. Chapters are devoted both to the study of continental developments of social movements going back to the nineteenth century and ranging to the present day, and to an emphasis on the transnational dimension of these movements. Interdisciplinary and truly international, this book is an essential text on social movements for historians, political scientists, sociologists, philosophers and social scientists.


Social Movements Social History Labour Movement Facism Social Science Transnationality Peace Movements Subaltern studies New Social Movements

Editors and affiliations

  • Stefan Berger
    • 1
  • Holger Nehring
    • 2
  1. 1.Ruhr University BochumBochumGermany
  2. 2.University of StirlingStirlingUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Stefan Berger is Professor of Social History and Director of the Institute for Social Movements at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, as well as Executive Chair of the Foundation History of the Ruhr. His research and publications focus on the history of social movements, nationalism and national identity, historiography and British and German modern and contemporary history.

Holger Nehring is both Professor of Contemporary European History and Head of the Division of History and Politics at the University of Stirling, UK. His research and publications focus on the history of peace and violence, the history of social movements and activism, and Cold War history.  

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The History of Social Movements in Global Perspective
  • Book Subtitle A Survey
  • Editors Stefan Berger
    Holger Nehring
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-30425-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-137-30426-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-30427-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 720
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Social History
    Political History
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“Kevin Passmore and Fabian Virchow’s contributions on fascist and post-fascist movements, respectively, are a welcome addition to a field often concerned solely with progressive and left-leaning activism. … The incredibly complex array of ideas interrogated within this volume works as a provocation, particularly to Western scholars, to think beyond Western assumptions developed over many decades of social movement research, and look behind the ideas … .” (Kyle Harvey, H-Soz-Kult,, September, 2018)