Englishness and the Study of Politics: The Social and Political Thought of Ernest Barker

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The definition of <'Englishness>' has become the subject of considerable debate, and in this important contribution to Ideas in Context Julia Stapleton looks at the work of one of the most wide- ranging and influential theorists of the English nation, Ernest Barker. The first holder of the Chair of Political Science at Cambridge, Barker wrote prolifically on the history of political thought and contemporary political theory, and his writings are notable for fusing three of the dominant strands of late- nineteenth and early-twentieth century political thought, Whiggism, Idealism and Pluralism. Infused with a strong cultural sense of nationhood, Barker>'s writings influenced a broad non-academic audience, and their subsequent neglect graphically demonstrates the fate of a certain vision of Liberal England in the generation after World War One. With, however, the erosion of a particular sense of Englishness, Barker>'s ideas have begun to assume renewed resonance.
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"...she presents a detailed examination of the forces that shaped Barker's thinking, utilizing his own extensive and unpublished letters as well as the works of scholars who influenced him....an absorbing exploration of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century political thought...." Albion

"The book is written at a level for professionals. The scholarship is thorough and well put together; it will be appreciated especially by specialists in intellectual history..." Perspectives on Political Science

"This is an excellent study that will be especially useful in these times of intense interest in British national identity. It is based on impressive research in both primary sources and secondary works and reflects a mastery of political theory." Thomas William Heyck, American Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521024440
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Series: Ideas in Context Series, #32
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The 'national character' of Barker's thought 1
1 Lancashire, Idealism, and Whiggism: the making of an English political scientist 20
2 The polis, law, and the development of political studies at Oxford, 1900-1920 43
Appendix 1: Scheme for an Honours School of Economics and Politics, February 1920 65
Appendix 2: Excerpts from the Draft Statute for an Honours School in Politics and Philosophy, May 1920 67
3 Society and the state in the English national past: the lure of Pluralism 68
4 Statehood, nationhood, and internationalism: English political theory and the First World War 92
5 Education and national character: the milieu of King's College London 111
6 'Continental' political science and the Cambridge Chair 128
7 Traditions of civility: the construction of Englishness in the Second World War and beyond 154
8 The expansion of Englishness: the Books Commission, Europe, and the Commonwealth 177
Conclusion: A late-Victorian liberal-conservative 198
Select Bibliography 222
Index 240
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