"Elias related Linz's point to the question of social stratification, and particularly to the tradition of absolutism and its influence in hindering the development of a real multi-party system. Absolute despotism and the tradition it created in Germany - and perhaps in Spain and many other countries - played an important role, because it created a middle class without political experience, a middle class which was consequently counterpart in countries such as England. But to study this problem it was necessary to go back further than the late nineteenth century."



Stuart Joseph Woolf: Discussion - Fascism and the Intellectuals, in: idem (ed.): The Nature of Fascism, New York/N.Y./USA: Vintage Books, , S. 246