Selling Social Democracy in the Netherlands. Activism and Its Sources of Inspiration during the 1930s.

B.J.J. Rulof*

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During the 1930s the Dutch social democratic party changed into a party which sought to reform rather than to abolish capitalism. This transformation was accompanied by a change in tactics and strategy intended to meet the challenges of economic and political crises. Henceforth, the Sociaal-Democratische Arbeiderspartij tried to establish co-operation with social groupings well beyond its traditional rank and file of industrial labourers. A new generation of voluntarist politicians proposed to adopt the methods of propaganda, and turned for inspiration to activities undertaken by Belgian and German socialists, as well as the world of commercial advertising.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)473-495
JournalContemporary European History
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009

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