Central theme of the project

The central theme of the NWO-project ‘The Promise of Organization’ is the evolution of political organization during the 19th century. We focus on the enthusiasm, arguments and concrete activities of the organizers as well as the criticism offered by opponents of modern political organization. The three projects study three waves of associational mania and debate: modern antislavery organizations and other early pressure groups (United States and United Kingdom); organizing during the revolutions of 1848 (France and Germany); mass political parties during the 1870s and 1880s (Germany, the Netherlands and United Kingdom).

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