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Liberty & Authority in Victorian Britain

Edited by: Peter Mandler

ISBN13: 9780199271337
ISBN: 019927133X
Published: July 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £105.00



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Victorian Britain is often considered as the high point of 'laissez-faire', the place and the time when people were most 'free' to make their own lives without the aid or interference of the State. This book explores the truth of that assumption and what it might mean.

It considers what the Victorian State did or did not do, what were the prevailing definitions and practices of 'liberty', what other sources of discipline and authority existed beyond the State to structure people's lives - in sum, what were the broad conditions under which such a profound belief in 'liberty' could flourish, and a complex society be run on those principles.

Contributors include leading scholars in British political, social and cultural history, so that 'liberty' is seen in the round, not just as a set of ideas or of political slogans, but also as a public and private philosophy that structured everyday life. Consideration is also given to the full range of British subjects in the nineteenth century - men, women, people of all classes, from all parts of the British Isles - and to placing the British experience in a global and comparative perspective.

Contents:
1. Introduction: State and Society in Victorian Britain , Peter Mandler
I: The State
2. The Powers of the Victorian State , Philip Harling
3. The Victorian State in Comparative Perspective , Peter Baldwin
II: Liberties
4. Liberalism and Liberty , J. P. Parry
5. Radicalism and Liberty , E. F. Biagini
6. Women and Liberty , Helen Rogers
III: Authorities
7. The Authority of the Law , Margot C. Finn
8. The Authority of the Church , Arthur Burns
IV: Disciplines
9. Market Disciplines , Paul Johnson
10. Moral Disciplines , Boyd Hilton
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