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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 Worker as Citizen

The Worker as Citizen

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Liberalism Divided

Michael Freeden (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter examines the impact of the post-war period on British liberal thought. Two characteristics of liberal social thought emerged from the war: the decreased amount of time and energy devoted to concrete proposals, and an emphasis on the role and importance of the industrial sphere as a prime arena for maintaining social well-being. This shift in focus resulted in two central and interconnected themes of inter-war liberalism: the place of the worker in a modern industrial society, and the rediscovery of the importance of power in the body politic.

Keywords:   liberalism, Britain, liberal social thought, worker

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