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Bourgeois Liberty and the Politics of FearFrom Absolutism to Neo-Conservatism$
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Marc Mulholland

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199653577

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199653577.001.0001

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Liberalism and the State

Liberalism and the State

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(p.80) 5 Liberalism and the State
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Bourgeois Liberty and the Politics of Fear
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Marc Mulholland

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199653577.003.0006

The post-revolution state emerged strengthened, and the Crimean War indicated that war as a means to state aggrandisement was very much back in the repertoire of governmental action. Louis Napoleon's Imperial France led the way. Britain was an impressive imperial, commercial, and liberal power; but constraints on its executive were beginning to tell on its international room for manoeuvre. The race-question and civil war made the USA less than an altogether enticing model. Austrian neo-absolutism suffered from its lack of constitutionalism, and after being humbled in international relations turned to a parliamentary settlement of sorts (the 1867 Ausgleich). Piedmont, led by Count Cavour, combined constitutionalism, commercialism, war-making, and international politicking to good effect in its drive to unite Italy under its aegis.

Keywords:   neo-absolutism, Crimean War, US Civil War, Ausgleich, Louis Napoleon

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