Abstract/Details

Rebels against the Cold War: Four intellectuals who campaigned to recast world politics, 1945-1985: Leo Szilard (U.S.A.), E. P. Thompson (England), Louise Weiss (France), Danilo Dolci (Italy)

Bess, Michael Demaree. University of California, Berkeley. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 1989. 9028743.

Abstract (summary)

This study is a comparative biography of four intellectuals who actively resisted the political and cultural fission of the European continent after World War II: the Hungarian-born scientist Leo Szilard, the French journalist Louise Weiss, the English historian E. P. Thompson, and the Italian social reformer Danilo Dolci. Taking my inspiration from the work of Fernand Braudel, I have tried to show how each of these individuals came to think of the Cold War according to a distinctive set of temporal and strategic images: as a relatively "short-term" military and diplomatic emergency (Szilard); as a longer-term political imposition on the sovereignty of Europe (Weiss and Thompson); and as the symptom of a still broader and more deeply-rooted crisis within industrial civilization (Dolci). By juxtaposing these "layered" conceptions of historical time and process, I hope to cut across the traditional disciplinary boundaries that sometimes inhibit fruitful exchange among scholars who write about postwar history--from diplomatic historians to sociologists, from political scientists to historians of culture.

Indexing (details)


Subject
European history;
History;
Biographies
Classification
0335: European history
0582: History
0304: Biographies
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Language, literature and linguistics
Title
Rebels against the Cold War: Four intellectuals who campaigned to recast world politics, 1945-1985: Leo Szilard (U.S.A.), E. P. Thompson (England), Louise Weiss (France), Danilo Dolci (Italy)
Author
Bess, Michael Demaree
Number of pages
581
Degree date
1989
School code
0028
Source
DAI-A 51/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
Advisor
Barrows, Susanna
University/institution
University of California, Berkeley
University location
United States -- California
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9028743
ProQuest document ID
303672720
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
https://www.proquest.com/docview/303672720