Public and Private Doctrine: Essays in British History Presented to Maurice Cowling / Edition 1

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Maurice Cowling's first two books appeared in 1963, when he also became a Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge. Thirty years later this volume brings together a group of pupils, admirers and critics who have contributed essays dealing with facets of what Cowling calls "public doctrine" in modern British history, together with critical assessments of his writing. The book aims to be as unsycophantic, rebarbative and diverting as its dedicatee, while offering something genuinely worthwhile to all readers interested in recent historical and current intellectual tendencies in England.

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"Much is made at the outset of this volume about Cowling's loathing of Festschriften and the likelihood of his loathing this one especially. This collection of essays, however, by seriously engaging broad issues relating to Christian doctrine in public life and by their worrying of ideas (another Petrean tradition) rather than seeking elegance of expression, embodies attributes that the honoree, if only in the fastness of his rooms, should find satisfying." John D. Fair, Albion
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521522175
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/8/2002
  • Edition description: FIRST/REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Michael Bentley; 1. The friends of the constitution in Church and State, 1667–73 James Jones; 2. The Peterhouse Latitudinarians Richard Brent; 3. Religion and the social order: the case of Burke and Paine Ian Harris; 4. Religion in the Victorian novel Shirley Letwin; 5. Victorian historians and the larger hope Michael Bentley; 6. The Conservative Party and the Church of England, 1874–1902 Richard Shannon; 7. George Gilbert Scott Junior, 1837–97: 'the history of a narrow mind' David Watkin; 8. Frederick Temple on the Clerisy and the idea of a meritocracy Simon Green; 9. Faith and fellowship: the conservatism of John Buchan J. P. Parry; 10. Service: the public doctrine of the Conservative leadership, 1922–40 Philip Williamson; 11. Destiny and providence: the religion of Winston Churchill Paul Addison; 12. Liberal collectivism and the English Catholic hierarchy Sheila Lawlor; 13. Culture and community Roger Scruton; 14. Religion and public doctrine Peter Ghosh; 15. Public doctrine, private lives: the iconography of belief in a commercial society A. Boyd Hilton.

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