Research Topics

Mass Society and Mass Politics

In what kinds of ways did the middle and working classes of Europe challenge the status quo in the age of mass society, mass consumption and the Second Industrial Revolution?

Between 1870 and the outbreak of the Great War, developments in the chemical and electrical industries, new management practices, and the rise of the engineer and the corporation created a Second Industrial Revolution. Once again, man's progress seemed without limit. But the effects of the Second Industrial Revolution went beyond simple efficiency and increased production, for it was during this period that we can begin to discern the origins of mass society as well. And this had the effect of producing a mass political climate of rising expectations as democrats, socialists, anarchists and feminists challenged society with demonstrations, riots, strikes and revolution