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Englishness and the Study of Politics : The Social and Political Thought of Ernest Barker - Julia Stapleton

Englishness and the Study of Politics

The Social and Political Thought of Ernest Barker

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The definition of 'Englishness' has become the subject of considerable debate, and in this important contribution tto Ideas in Context Julia Stapleton looks at the work of one of the most wide-ranging and influential theorists of the English nation, Ernest Barker. The first holder of the Chair of Political Science at Cambridge, Barker wrote prolifically on the history of political thought and contemporary political theory, and his writings are notable for fusing three of the dominant strands of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century political thought, Whiggism, Idealism and Pluralism. Infused with a strong cultural sense of nationhood, Barker's writings influenced a broad non-academic audience, and their subsequent neglect graphically demonstrates the fate of a certain vision of Liberal England in the generation after World War One. With, however, the erosion of a particular sense of Englishness, Barker's ideas have begun to assume renewed resonance.

'... admirably balanced and consistently illuminating ...'. The Times Literary Supplement

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Lancashire, Idealism and Whiggism: the making of an English political scientist
The polis, law and the development of political studies at Oxford, 1900-1920
Society and the state in the English national past: the lure of Pluralism
Statehood, nationhood, and internationalism: English political theroy and the First World War
Education and national character: the milieu of King's College London
'Continental' political science and the Cambridge Chair
Traditions of civility: the construction of Englishness in the Second World War and beyond
The expansion of Englishness: the Books Commission, Europe, and the Commonwealth
Conclusion: A late-Victorian liberal-conservative
Select Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521461252
ISBN-10: 0521461251
Series: Ideas in Context
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 270
Published: 26th August 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.57