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Civil Society in British History: Ideas, Identities, Institutions

Jose Harris


This book explores the many different strands in the language of civil society from the 16th to the 20th centuries. Through a series of case-studies it investigates the applicability of the term to a wide range of historical settings. These include ‘state interference’, voluntary associations, economic decision-making, social and economic planning, the ‘bourgeois public sphere’, civil society in wartime, the ‘inclusion’ and ‘exclusion’ of women, and relations between the state, the voluntary sector, and individual citizens. The contributions suggest that the sharp distinction between civil soc ... More

Keywords: language of civil society, state interference, voluntary associations, economic decision-making, social planning, bourgeois public sphere, exclusion of women, the state, voluntary sector, individual citizens

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Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199260201
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199260201.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jose Harris, editor
Professor of Modern History, St Catherine’s College, Oxford
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