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Author Feske, Victor.

Title From Belloc to Churchill : private scholars, public culture, and the crisis of British liberalism, 1900-1939 / Victor Feske
Published Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [1996]
©1996
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Contents Introduction: Liberalism and historiography -- Hilaire Belloc The path not taken? -- Sidney and Beatrice Webb A new form of public history -- J.L. and Barbara Hammond A case of mistaken identity -- George Macaulay Trevelyan The insider as outsider -- Winston Churchill The last public historian -- Conclusion: Putting Humpty Dumpty together again
Summary Linking historiography and political history, Victor Feske addresses the changing role of national histories written in early twentieth-century Britain by amateur scholars Hilaire Belloc, Sidney and Beatrice Webb, J. L. and Barbara Hammond, G. M. Trevelyan, and Winston Churchill. These writers recast the nineteenth-century interpretation of British history at a time when both the nature of historical writing and the fortunes of Liberalism had begun to change. Before 1900, amateur historians writing for a wide public readership portrayed British history as a grand story of progress achieved through constitutional development. This "Whig" interpretation had become the cornerstone of Liberal party politics. But the decline of Liberalism as a political force after the turn of the century, coupled with the rise of professional history written by academics and based on archival research, inspired change among a new generation of Liberal historians. The result was a refashioned Whig historiography, stripped of overt connections to contemporary political Liberalism, that attempted to preserve the general outlines of the traditional Whiggist narrative within the context of a broad history of consensus. This new formulation, says Feske, was more suited to the intellectual and political climate of the twentieth century.--Publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Belloc, Hilaire, 1870-1953.
Churchill, Winston, 1874-1965.
Historiography -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Liberalism -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Great Britain -- Historiography -- 20th century.
Great Britain -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1901-1936.
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ISBN 0585023840 (electronic bk.)
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0807861383 (University of North Carolina Press : electronic bk.)
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9780807861387 (University of North Carolina Press : electronic bk.)
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