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Historical Blendings: An Entangled History of Social Democracy and Liberalism in Europe

Friday 2 September 2022 - Saturday 3 September 2022
Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Conference room (2.60) and Lipsius room 1.19

The conference organizers would like to thank Leids Universiteits Fonds (LUF), the Institute for History at Leiden University, and Brill Press for their generous funding that has made this international conference possible.

Friday 2 September 2022 (Conference Room 2.60, Huizinga Building)



Anne Heyer, Jacopo Perazzoli and Brian Shaev
1) Separated for Good? German Social Democrats and their Connection to Liberalism, 1860-1880
2) Italian Socialism’s Liberal Turn: From United Front to Coalitional Partner
3) In Defence of Modernity: On the Cooperation between the PvdA and VVD in the Development of the Dutch Minorities Policy (1977-1983)
Discussant: Paul van Trigt

Anne Heyer


Gianluca Scroccu


Daan Musters

15:00-15:30 Coffee  
1) The Early Austrian Economists and the Swedish Left (1889-1931)
2) ‘The Plan’: Hendrik de Man, the Collapse of Interwar Liberalism and Reflationary, early Keynesian economics
3) Reconsidering Bad Godesberg: Rhetoric versus Substance in the Postwar Modernization of German Social Democracy
Discussant: Dennie Oude Nijhuis

Mats Andrén

Tommaso Milani

Brian Shaev

17:00-17:15 Break  
17:15-18:30 Keynote Annelien de Dijn
19:00 Conference Dinner  
Saturday 3 September 2022 (Room 119, Lipsius Building)
1) Free Speech for Fascists and Communists? Entangled Perspectives on Social Democratic and Liberal Conceptions of Democratic Culture, 1920s-1930s
2) Socialism and Freedom and Faith: How the Socialist International and 1950s revisionism wrote liberalism and Christianity into their history
3) Social Democracy’s 1968 in Social and Cultural Perspectives

Kasper Braskén

Ettore Costa

Mattia Gambilonghi

12:00-13:00 Lunch  
1) International Socialism and International Arbitration, 1889-1914
2) Wilsonianism and its Influences on European Socialism between World War One and First Post-War Period: The Case of French Socialism
3) Socialist Internationalism and the League of Nations
Discussant: Robin de Bruin

Elisa Marcobelli

Jacopo Perazzoli

Brian Shaev and Daniel Laqua

14:30-14:45 Coffee  
The ‘Turn’: Social Democracy in the 1970s-1990s
1) The Relationship of the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) with Liberalism in the 20th Century: from Republican Socialism to Liberal Social-Democracy (1974-1990)
2) The Neoliberalisation of Swedish and Finnish Social Democracy in the 1970s-1990s
3) The UK Labour Party’s Schism and Labour Liberalism, 1970s-1990s
Discussant: Matt Broad

Sigfrido Ramírez Pérez

Ilkka Kärrylä

Jeremy Nuttall

16:15-16:30 Break  
16:30-17:00 Concluding Remarks Jonathan Polk
17:00-17:15 Conference Conclusion Jacopo Perazzoli and Brian Shaev


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