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It is usually assumed that politicians are swept alongside by means of international forces and impacts, with out the facility - or the need - to form occasions. in contrast, this publication is worried with the best way that cultural values, person ethical sentiments and politicians' interpretation of monetary and different imperatives have helped to form political values. concentrating on the 19th and 20th centuries, and containing contributions through a sequence of widespread students, topics are constructed via essays on recognisably vital occasions and figures. matters comprise the coverage principles of W. E. Gladstone, Woodrow Wilson's aid for struggle in 1916 and Ramsay MacDonald's function within the 1931 predicament. different essays study the way in which that Keynesian principles have been understood and used around the celebration spectrum, and past Britain itself, or contemplate the connection among rules, values and politics. This quantity additionally celebrates and represents an method of ancient writing which has got little awareness from students.

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119 See Tanner below, pp. 117–19, 137–45. Skidelsky, Politicians and the Slump. , pp. 145–9. Introduction 29 a vehicle for change, turned Labour’s economic problems into a political disaster. The second part of the book looks directly at one set of ideas – those associated with Keynes. It examines the ‘survival’ of Liberal England by noting the ways in which Keynesian ideas have been used as political tools by a startling cross-section of political actors. 122 They discuss ‘the historical Keynes’ (what Keynes advocated at any one moment and in any one policy context), ‘Keynesianism’ (the economic doctrine which Keynes developed) and ‘actually existing Keynesianism’ (meaning Keynesianism as it was interpreted).

26 Ewen Green and Duncan Tanner a different ‘mix’ of ingredients and displaying differing levels of engagement with conceptual and theoretical ideas. Other contributors have less direct academic, but closer geographical, links to Peter Clarke – and perhaps fewer links to a changing intellectual climate. 110 Cambridge’s strength in intellectual history and the history of ideas from the 1970s to the turn of the new century was diffuse and eclectic. The main figures were not even in the same faculties – but the end result was certainly innovative historical writing.

Yet these ideas also had their limitations as an influence on political actions. 116 Rather, he suggests that US perceptions of its economic strength and of its ‘just’ position in world affairs as a great nation, were potent influences – at least on Woodrow Wilson. Here agency becomes significant. 117 A new body of ideas, a new rhetoric, dominated the decision to go to war – aided by events which gave this greater purchase. Tanner’s chapter on the political and economic crisis of 1929–31 is an account of individual agency within another major crisis, and deals with some of the same people who feature in James Thompson’s account of Edwardian economic debates.

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