Book series

Palgrave Studies in Political History

Editors: Prof. dr. Henk te Velde, Dr. Maartje Janse and Dr. Hagen Schulz-Forberg

The new book series Palgrave Studies in Political History is edited by members affiliated to the Association for Political History.

Palgrave Studies in Political History analyzes the changing forms and functions of political institutions, movements and actors, as well as the normative orders within which they navigate. Its ambition is to publish monographs, edited volumes and Pivots exploring both political institutions and political life at large, and the interaction between the two. The premise of the series is that the two mutually define each other on local, national, transnational, and even global levels. Read more.


Remieg Aerts, Carla van Baalen, H. te Velde et al (eds.), The Ideal of Parliament in Europe since 1800 (to be published; December 2019)

This edited collection explores the perceptions and memories of parliamentarianism across Europe, examining the complex ideal of parliament since 1800. Parliament has become the key institution in modern democracy, and the chapters present the evolution of the ideal of parliamentary representation and government, and discuss the reception and value of parliament as an institution. Read more.


Ido de Haan & Matthijs Lok (eds.), The Politics of Moderation in Modern European History (to be published; November 2019)

This book charts the varieties of political moderation in modern European history from the French Revolution to the present day. It explores the attempts to find a middle way between ideological extremes, from the nineteenth-century Juste Milieu and balance of power, via the Third Ways between capitalism and socialism, to the current calls for moderation beyond populism and religious radicalism. Read more.


I. Saz, Z. Box, T. Morant & J. Sanz (eds.), Reactionary Nationalists, Fascists and Dictatorships in the Twentieth Century (to be published; October 2019)

This book provides a comparative study of fascisms and reactionary nationalisms. It presents these as transnational political cultures and examines the dictatorships and regimes in which these cultures played significant roles. The book is organised into three main sections, focusing on nationalists, fascists and dictatorships in turn. Read more.


Joost Augusteijn, Constant Hijzen & Mark Leon de Vries (eds.), Historical Perspectives on Democracies and their Adversaries (to be published; October 2019)

Democracies across the world increasingly find themselves under threat from enemies, ranging from terrorists to parties and movements that undermine democratic institutions from within. This book provides the first historical exploration of how democracies have dealt with such anti-democratic forces and how this impacted upon what democracy meant to all involved. Read more.


Book Series The Intellectual OriginsStefaan Marteel, The Intellectual Origins of the Belgian Revolution. Political Thought and Disunity in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, 1815-1830 (2018)

This book explores the political ideas of the Belgian Revolution of 1830, which led to the break-up of the Restoration state of the ‘united’ Kingdom of the Netherlands. It provides an in-depth study of the political languages of the major political groups in the Southern Netherlands and offers a fresh perspective to the historiographic debate on Belgian nationalism. Read more.


9783319635842Mel Farrell, Party Politics in a New Democracy. The Irish Free State, 1922-37 (2017)

This book offers a timely, and fresh historical perspective on the politics of independent Ireland. Interwar Ireland’s politics have been caricatured as an anomaly, with the distinction between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael bewildering political commentators and scholars alike. It is common for Ireland’s politics to be presented as an anomaly that compare unfavourably to the neat left/right cleavages evident in Britain and much of Europe. Read more.


9783319500195Henk te Velde and Maartje Janse (eds.), Organizing Democracy. Reflections on the Rise of Political Organizations in the Nineteenth Century (2017)

This book explores the new types of political organization that emerged in Western Europe and the United States during the nineteenth century, from popular meetings to single-issue organizations and political parties. The development of these has often been used to demonstrate a movement towards democratic representation or political institutionalization. Read more.