Ideas in Context: Englishness and the Study of Politics: The Social and Political Thought of Ernest Barker Series Number 32 (Hardback)
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Ideas in Context: Englishness and the Study of Politics: The Social and Political Thought of Ernest Barker Series Number 32 (Hardback)

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Hardback 270 Pages / Published: 26/08/1994
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The definition of 'Englishness' has become the subject of considerable debate, and in this important contribution to 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.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521461252
Number of pages: 270
Weight: 570 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... admirably balanced and consistently illuminating ...'. The Times Literary Supplement
"...she presents a detailed examination of the forces that shaped Barker's thinking, utilizing his own extensive and unpublished letters as well as the works of scholars who influenced him....an absorbing exploration of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century political thought...." Albion
"The book is written at a level for professionals. The scholarship is thorough and well put together; it will be appreciated especially by specialists in intellectual history..." Perspectives on Political Science
"This is an excellent study that will be especially useful in these times of intense interest in British national identity. It is based on impressive research in both primary sources and secondary works and reflects a mastery of political theory." Thomas William Heyck, American Historical Review

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