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A Short History of English Liberalism   By: (1884-1963)

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In "A Short History of English Liberalism" by Walter Lyon Blease, readers are provided with a comprehensive overview of the development and influence of English liberalism throughout history. Blease's engaging writing style and meticulous attention to detail make this book an essential read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the subject.

One of the book's notable strengths is its ability to distill complex ideas and movements into an accessible format. Blease takes readers on a journey, beginning with the foundations of liberal thought in the 17th century and tracking its evolution through various political and social contexts. From the Glorious Revolution to the growth of individualism and laissez-faire economics, Blease deftly brings to life the key figures and ideas that have shaped English liberalism.

The book's organization is commendable, as Blease seamlessly transitions between different periods and themes. Each chapter is carefully structured, providing a clear and logical progression of ideas that enhances readability. Additionally, Blease supplements his analysis with engaging anecdotes and examples that further enrich the narrative.

Blease's scholarly approach is evident throughout the book. Extensive research is evident in his use of primary sources, allowing readers to gain insights from original texts and speeches of influential liberal thinkers. Moreover, his ability to present historical context aids in understanding the motivations behind seminal liberal movements and their impact on society.

While the book primarily focuses on the political aspect of liberalism, Blease does not shy away from acknowledging the interplay between liberalism and social issues. By examining topics such as religious freedom, women's rights, and the labor movement, he provides a more holistic understanding of liberalism's role in shaping society. This broad perspective contributes to a richer exploration of the topic and its relevance in modern times.

However, one minor criticism is the book's brevity. Due to its aim of providing a concise history, some readers may feel that certain periods or ideas are given less attention than they deserve. Nevertheless, this is a deliberate choice by Blease, ensuring that the book remains accessible to a wide range of readers without compromising on the essential aspects of English liberalism.

Overall, "A Short History of English Liberalism" is an exceptional work that succeeds in presenting an informed and engaging narrative of an influential political ideology. Blease's writing captivates readers and leaves them with a deeper appreciation for the evolution of liberalism in England. This book is highly recommended for anyone interested in history, politics, or the development of ideas.

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A SHORT HISTORY OF ENGLISH LIBERALISM

BY

W. LYON BLEASE

No rational man ever did govern himself by abstractions and universals.... A statesman differs from a professor in an university; the latter has only the general view of society.... A statesman, never losing sight of principles, is to be guided by circumstances; and, judging contrary to the exigencies of the moment, he may ruin his country for ever.

BURKE, "On the Petition of the Unitarians."

T. FISHER UNWIN LONDON: ADELPHI TERRACE LEIPSIC: INSELSTRASSE 20

TO "THE MANCHESTER GUARDIAN"

First Published in 1913

( All rights reserved. )

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. LIBERALISM AND TORYISM 7

II. POLITICAL CONDITIONS IN THE REIGN OF GEORGE III 42

III. THE FIRST MOVEMENT TOWARDS LIBERALISM 69

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