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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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Liberalism, Socialism, and Labour

Liberalism, Socialism, and Labour

(p.177) 6 Liberalism, Socialism, and Labour
Liberalism Divided

Michael Freeden (Contributor Webpage)

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Throughout the 1920s, liberalism operated on two levels — the ideological and organizational — making it appear to be engaged in a life and death struggle with the other main progressive force in Britain. This chapter explores the way liberals interpreted the dual relationship, and its effect on their self-image. Two problems are identified in the relationship between liberalism and socialism/Labourism: the identification of the party with ideology leading to an oversimplified version of events by which the progressive function of liberalism was taken over by the Labour party, and the unravelling of the influences of the Liberal and Labour movements.

Keywords:   liberalism, socialism, Britain, nationalization, trade-unionism, Labour party

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