Christianity, Patriotism, And Nationhood

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This book links the concepts of patriotism, Christianity, and nationhood in the journalistic writings of Gilbert Keith Chesterton and emphasizes their roots within the English attachments that were central to his political and spiritual persona. It further connects Chesterton to the vibrant debate about English national identity in the early years of the twentieth century, which was instrumental in shaping not only his political convictions, but also his religious convictions. Christianity, Patriotism, and Nationhood explores his changing conception of the English people from an early, menacing account of their revolutionary potential in the face of plutocracy to the more complex portraits he drew of their character on recognizing their political passivity after the First World War.
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Editorial Reviews

This is an intriguing and interesting study of one of the more intriguing men of letters of the early twentieth century.
Stephen R.L.Clark
This is a splendid, detailed, well-balanced and intelligent account of G.K.Chesterton's defense of ancient English ideals and loyalties, against imperialism, futurism and social Darwinism, and of the English people against plutocracy. Dr. Stapleton has done much to help restore Chesterton to his proper place as a well-informed and witty political philosopher.
Adam Schwartz
Julia Stapleton's well-researched, insightful study is a significant contribution to Chesterton criticism and to British intellectual history. Her substantive and stimulating analysis sparks fresh understandings of the relationship between Chesterton's faith and his politics, and of constructions of British national identity in the early twentienth century. This pioneering integration of hitherto parallel discourses is a great service to scholars of modern British thought and culture; it deserves a wide and appreciative audience.
ELT Journal
This is an intriguing and interesting study of one of the more intriguing men of letters of the early twentieth century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739126134
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 12/28/2008
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Julia Stapleton is a reader in the Department of Politics, University of Durham.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Creeds and Identities 13

2 Liberal Journalism and the Patriotic Cosmos 31

3 The Insularity of English Art, Letters, Politics, and Thought: Chesterton's Critique of the Fin de Siecle 55

4 Liberalism, Democracy, and the English Nation 79

5 The Dissident Liberal 103

6 Authenticity, the English, and the Jews 127

7 Prussianism, Teutouism, and the Literary War 151

8 History versus Historians in the First World War 169

9 Nationalism, Internationalism, and the English Past after 1918 183

Conclusion 207

Bibliography 223

Index 231

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