Between 1918 and 1933, the masses became a decisive
preoccupation of European culture, fueling modernist movements in
art, literature, architecture, theater, and cinema, as well as the
rise of communism, fascism, and experiments in radical democracy.
Spanning aesthetics, cultural studies, intellectual history, and
political theory, this volume unpacks the significance of the
shadow agent known as "the mass" during a critical period in
European history. It follows its evolution into the preferred
conceptual tool for social scientists, the ideal slogan for
politicians, and the chosen image for artists and writers trying to
capture a society in flux and a people in upheaval. This volume is
the second installment in Stefan Jonsson's epic study of the crowd
and the mass in modern Europe, building on his work in A Brief
History of the Masses, which focused on monumental artworks
produced in 1789, 1889, and 1989.
Subjects: Philosophy, Political Science, History, Art & Art History
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