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Liberalism DividedA Study in British Political Thought 1914-1939$
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Michael Freeden

Print publication date: 1986

Print ISBN-13: 9780198274322

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198274327.001.0001

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The War on Liberalism

The War on Liberalism

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(p.18) 2 The War on Liberalism
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Liberalism Divided
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Michael Freeden (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198274327.003.0002

This chapter examines impact of World War I on British liberal thought. It is argued that the war caused liberal thinkers to stretch the limits of liberal theory to a point where mutual responsibility, social welfare, and common ends staked claims equal to, or prior to, the liberty of the individual. The issue of conscription, the reassessment of liberals’ views of the state as an idea and an institution, and British liberal thinkers’ attack on Idealism are discussed.

Keywords:   liberalism, liberal thought, socialism, Britain, conscription, idealism, state, World War I

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