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The Birth of Postwar Conservatism

Jonathan M. Schoenwald

in A Time for Choosing

Published in print August 2002 | ISBN: 9780195157260
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849390 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157260.003.0002
The Birth of Postwar Conservatism

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A volume edited by Daniel Bell neatly summed up how many academics felt about the vestigial residues of postwar conservatism in 1955. Bell et al. assembled what they believed was a careful and multidisciplinary critique of what Lionel Trilling had called conservative “impulses”. Prior to 1955, most conservative intellectuals concerned themselves with defining different types of conservatism and, if possible, offering prescriptions for changing the country to conform more closely to their visions. Generally speaking, it would not be until the appearance of a handful of thinkers and provocateurs in the 1950s that conservatism began to take a discernible shape. The contributions of Russell Kirk, Albert Wedemeyer and Raymond Moley are shown.

Keywords: postwar conservatism; conservative intellectuals; Russell Kirk; Albert Wedemeyer; Raymond Moley

Chapter.  10006 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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