Labour and Liberalism in Nineteenth-century Europe

Labour and Liberalism in Nineteenth-century Europe

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qThis book represents a significant reinterpretation of nineteenth-century liberalism and labour history. Going beyond the usual confines of national frameworks, the author compares national experiences, discarding the preconceptions that have frequently distorted historical writing. John Breuilly asks just how unique many national phenomena were and examines some issues which transcended national boundaries.q qSome of the subjects which the author considers from a comparative perspective are the different types of liberalism; the role of law in shaping class relations; the concept of the labour aristocracy; and the early emergence of a separate Labour Party in Germany compared to the continuing appeal of liberalism to much of the English labour movement. More detailed comparisons look at the urban artisans of mid-nineteenth century Western Europe and the nature of liberalism in Manchester and Hamburg.q qThis book arrives at some surprising new conclusions about the relative experiences of nations and where it confirms conventional assumptions, the author places them on a stronger ground than before. Labour and liberalism in nineteenth-century Europe should appeal to academics and undergraduates specialising in European social and political history, particularly German and British history. It will also interest general readers concerned with the historical background of Western European culture.q--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights ReservedThe essays which have been previously published have all been considerably revised and updated, while the opening and concluding essays, as well as the essay on liberalism in Britain and Germany, see their first publication in this volume.

Title:Labour and Liberalism in Nineteenth-century Europe
Author:John Breuilly
Publisher:Manchester University Press - 1994


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