Towards an Era of Development: The Globalization of Socialism and Christian Democracy, 1945-1965

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Leuven University Press, 2006 - Political Science - 324 pages
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KADOC Studies on Religion, Culture and Society 5In the twenty years after the end of World War II, a "Third World" was added to the Cold War concepts of the First and Second worlds, and postwar decolonization ushered in an era of development. For the first time, theories and policies designed to eradicate underdevelopment became prominent on the agenda of the United Nations. This international evolution inevitably had a dramatic impact on socialism and Christian democracy, two major ideologies with their roots in Western Europe. Both became part of the global political dialogues taking place beyond Europe's borders. The result was a sometimes violent clash of Western and non-Western belief systems.In Towards an Era of Development, Peter Van Kemseke explores the questions of whether political ideologies were being used as vehicles for promoting national interests and if socialism and Christian democracy were forced on developing nations or naturally spread to new parts of the globe. Van Kemseke also offers an assessment of the success of these ideologies in their new territories.
 

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Contents

Introduction
9
PART
12
Continuity and Discontinuity
25
The Entry of Geopolitics in the NEI
43
NATIONALES IN THE PERIOD OF THEIR GLOBAL EXPANSION 19501960
51
The Socialist Internationals Eurocentrism as an Obstacle to Successful
87
Socialist Globalization between
107
the BLP in the Opposition the SFIOs
120
The NEIs Eurocentrism as an Obstacle to Successful Expansion
181
The NEI Testing the Waters beyond Europe 19551960
188
Defining a Global Strategy on a Regional Basis
227
The Politicized Third World of the 1950s
243
The NEI on the Lookout for the Third World in Paris
262
Third World Vistas near and far in the Early 1960s
269
CONCLUSION
283
Index on persons
319

Towards an International
166
To Realize the European Ideal
171

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