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The Struggle for Civil Liberties: Political Freedom and the Rule of Law in Britain, 1914-1945

Keith Ewing and Conor Anthony Gearty


It is widely believed that there was a golden age in which political freedom in Britain was protected by the rule of law, and by judges developing the common law in favour of individual liberty. This study, based on a wide range of official and unofficial sources, examines the mythical nature of much of this traditional learning. The book traces the hostile response of the executive and judicial branches of government to the various groups and individuals who confronted the power of the State in the first half of the 20th century: the wartime peace movements, the Communist Party of Great Brita ... More

Keywords: British political freedom, rule of law, common law, individual liberty, British Communist Party, trade unionists, hunger marches, Irish Nationalists, civil liberties, Thatcher

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780198762515
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198762515.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Keith Ewing, author
Professor of Public Law at King's College London

Conor Anthony Gearty, author
Professor of Human Rights Law at King's College London