Democracy’s Various Defenders: The Struggle Against Political Extremism in the Netherlands, 1917–1940

@article{Gijsenbergh2019DemocracysVD,
  title={Democracy’s Various Defenders: The Struggle Against Political Extremism in the Netherlands, 1917–1940},
  author={Joris Gijsenbergh},
  journal={Historical Perspectives on Democracies and their Adversaries},
  year={2019}
}
  • J. Gijsenbergh
  • Published 2019
  • Political Science, Sociology
  • Historical Perspectives on Democracies and their Adversaries
Gijsenbergh offers an innovative analysis of the interwar crisis of democracy. He shows that the fight against extremism in the 1920s and 1930s cannot be reduced to a clear-cut struggle between democrats and anti-democrats. Self-proclaimed democrats also clashed with each other, because they defended contrasting democratic values. Gijsenbergh illustrates his point by examining how Dutch politicians, publicists, and activists reacted to Communism and Fascism. He explains that anti-communists and… 

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