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A history of English political thought in the nineteenth century

Author: Mark Francis; John Morrow
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1994.
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During the nineteenth century political discourse ceased to be the exclusive preserve of lawyers and philosophers, and was conducted by poets, critics, historians and scientists. Byron, Shelley, Matthew Arnold, Henry Sidgwick and Herbert Spencer competed with Bentham and John Stuart Mill. Historians and scientific writers made a vigorous attempt to overturn classical political philosophy and replace it with  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Francis; John Morrow
ISBN: 0312121393 9780312121396
OCLC Number: 29564123
Notes: Authors are New Zealanders.
Description: viii, 336 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: After the Ancient Constitution --
Literary radicals, 1800-1830 : Hazlitt, Byron and Shelley --
Jeremy Bentham and James Mill : the invention of a democratic past --
The Whig interpretation of history and the death of political philosophy --
Varieties of Toryism in the early nineteenth century --
Coleridge and the transformation of traditional political thought --
John Stuart Mill : science, civilisation and liberty --
Thomas Carlyle : political theory and the problem of modernity --
Aesthete conceptions of politics, 1840-1890 --
Political theory and evolution : Henry Maine, Walter Bagehot, Herbert Spencer --
The discovery of the State --
Opposition to democracy : Robert Lowe and James Fitzjames Stephen --
The revival of formal political theory : idealism and utilitarianism, 1870-1900 --
Socialism and vision : aspects of English socialist thought, 1880-1900.
Responsibility: Mark Francis and John Morrow.

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During the nineteenth century political discourse ceased to be the exclusive preserve of lawyers and philosophers, and was conducted by poets, critics, historians and scientists. Byron, Shelley, Matthew Arnold, Henry Sidgwick and Herbert Spencer competed with Bentham and John Stuart Mill. Historians and scientific writers made a vigorous attempt to overturn classical political philosophy and replace it with empirically-based knowledge. This book presents a comprehensive account of the most important figures and movements in the years 1800-1900, exploring the ideas of constitutional writers, literary radicals, Whigs, Tories, cultural aesthetes, evolutionists and socialists. Chapter-length appraisals are given of individuals ranging from Coleridge to Carlyle. The first comprehensive study of its kind, it will be invaluable alike to specialists and students working in nineteenth-century history and literature, Victorian studies and the history of political science.

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