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The Political Tradition of the West

A Study in the Development of Modern Liberalism

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674437371

Publication Date: 01/01/1967

368 pages


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Modern liberalism believes in freedom under law and the subordination of government officials to public opinion. These beliefs embody the whole Western political tradition. Totalitarianism is radically opposed to them, and now stands as the only alternative to constitutional democracy. No issue is more important today. To clarify that issue we must have a restatement of the historic development of our tradition and a revaluation of the problems of modern liberalism. Such a restatement and revaluation are the purpose of this book, and Frederick Watkins accomplishes this purpose in what amounts to an intellectual history of liberalism. His lucid, forceful survey will be welcomed by the modern liberal, who is today in a dilemma, and by any reader who wishes to view today’s political conflicts in the light of the traditions from which they spring.

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