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A Decade of Dormancy

Michael Freeden

in Liberalism Divided

Published in print February 1986 | ISBN: 9780198274322
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599330 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198274327.003.0009
 A Decade of Dormancy

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Political thinking in England throughout the 1930s retreated into weariness and complacency. Liberalism and socialism were submerged beneath the political surface, emerging periodically to indicate their presence but with insufficient intellectual resources to stay afloat. Fascism lost its appeal among British socialists as its German variant loomed on the international scene. Communism repopularized a 19th century image of a materialist, capitalist liberalism cut-off from social life. The quality of political argument deteriorated further under these conditions.

Keywords: political thinking; Britain; progressive liberalism; socialism; democracy; Liberal Summer School

Chapter.  17226 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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