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Citizenship, Community, and the Church of England: Liberal Anglican Theories of the State Between the Wars

Matthew Grimley

Abstract

This book traces the influence of Anglican writers on the political thought of inter-war Britain, and argues that religion continued to exert a powerful influence on political ideas and allegiances in the 1920s and 1930s. It counters the prevailing assumption of historians that inter-war political thought was primarily secular in content, by showing how Anglicans like Archbishop William Temple made an active contribution to ideas of community and the welfare state (a term which Temple himself invented). Liberal Anglican ideas of citizenship, community, and the nation continued to be central to ... More

Keywords: Archbishop William Temple, welfare state, A. D. Lindsay, Ernest Barker, rhetoric of community, Christian national community, Bishop Hensley Henson, Ralph Inge, Englishness, twentieth-century national identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199270897
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270897.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Grimley, author
Lecturer in History, Royal Holloway
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