From World War I to Today
'A vivid and passionate fresco of a century of tumultuous European social history' -- Pietro Basso, Ca' Foscari University of Venice 'Raquel Varela succeeds in explaining the disasters of European neoliberalism, without ever romanticising the social pact that went before it. In a work with a rich sense of historical possibility, she shows how every inch of social progress had to be fought for and how little it ever had to do with the European institutions' -- David Broder, 'Jacobin'
Raquel Varela is a labour historian, researcher and Professor at New University of Lisbon, and Honorary Fellow at the International Institute for Social History. She is also president of the International Association of Strikes and Social Conflicts and co-editor of its journal. She is the author of A People's History of the Portuguese Revolution (Pluto, 2018). Kevin Murphy is Associate Lecturer in History at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Preface 1. The War of the Wars, the Revolution of Revolutions, 1917 2. The Controlling Man of the Universe: The Crisis of 1929, the Revolutions of the 1930s and Nazism 3. "Midnight" in the Century: The Second World War 4. The 1945 European Social Pact 5. Anticolonial Revolutions 6. Crisis and Revolution: from May 1968 to the Carnation Revolution 7. The End of the Social Pact (1981-2018) Conclusion