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H. Shelton Stromquist
University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA 52242-1320)

Fellowships for University Teachers
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$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2011 – 7/31/2012

Social Democracy in the City: Class Politics and Municipal Reform in Comparative Perspective, 1890-1920

The project is a book-length transnational, comparative study of the municipal origins of independent labor politics from 1890 through 1920, the formative period of social democratic parties of a wide variety across the industrializing world. The book argues that the crucible of the city and the urban crises spawned by industrialization are essential to understanding the character and limitations of this new politics, but the municipal arena has been neglected in studies that largely focus on national and parliamentary political development. The book draws on extensive archival research in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Austria, Sweden and the United Kingdom. With the research essentially completed, I have drafted three of the planned ten chapters. An NEH Fellowship will permit me to complete the writing of the remaining chapters and prepare the manuscript for publication. I expect to publish the book with Oxford University Press.