The War on Liberalism

Michael Freeden

in Liberalism Divided

Published in print February 1986 | ISBN: 9780198274322
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599330 | DOI:
 The War on Liberalism

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This chapter examines impact of World War I on British liberal thought. It is argued that the war caused liberal thinkers to stretch the limits of liberal theory to a point where mutual responsibility, social welfare, and common ends staked claims equal to, or prior to, the liberty of the individual. The issue of conscription, the reassessment of liberals’ views of the state as an idea and an institution, and British liberal thinkers’ attack on Idealism are discussed.

Keywords: liberalism; liberal thought; socialism; Britain; conscription; idealism; state; World War I

Chapter.  11230 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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