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History, Historians, and Conservatism in Britain and AmericaFrom the Great War to Thatcher and Reagan$
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Reba Soffer

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199208111

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208111.001.0001

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Conservatism as a Crusade: F. J. C. Hearnshaw

Conservatism as a Crusade: F. J. C. Hearnshaw

(p.51) 2 Conservatism as a Crusade: F. J. C. Hearnshaw
History, Historians, and Conservatism in Britain and America

Reba N. Soffer

Oxford University Press

This chapter concentrates on the most introspective and innovative of the inter‐war conservative historians who taught and wrote history to demonstrate the superiority of conservatism to all other political creeds. Reaching large popular and educated audiences through ceaseless lecturing and publishing, Hearnshaw tried to persuade them that they had the most to lose from socialism, and its embodiment in the growing Labour Party, and the most to gain from a meritocratic and hierarchical order that maintained peace, security, success, and morality within every station of life. He believed that conservative principles were historically proven lessons necessary for private motivation, public policy, and a harmonious national life.

Keywords:   Hearnshaw, socialism, hierarchical order, meritocratic, Labor Party

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