Citizenship and Community: Liberals, Radicals and Collective by Eugenio F. Biagini

By Eugenio F. Biagini

Citizenship and neighborhood explores the hyperlinks between liberalism, social democracy and nationalism in the framework of conventional republican beliefs of "civic advantage" and lively citizenship. It examines a variety of "currents of radicalism" in Britain and eire, from Victorian complex liberals to Irish and Welsh socialists within the Nineteen Twenties. The book's robust comparative emphasis focuses realization at the areas of england, revealing how various varieties of collective identification interacted in well known attitudes to political and social debates.

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107 Kinzer and the Robsons agree with this assessment, and further develop the Gladstonian parallel in their consideration of Mill's emphasis on morality in international relations, almost precursory to Gladstone's approach to the 1876 Bulgarian Agitation. They also observe how much Mill the stump orator anticipated Gladstone's Midlothian style, sharing both the expository rationalism of the political preacher and the appeal to the 'masses' against the 'classes', to 'England' against parliament.

S. Maier, 'Democracy since the French Revolution', in J. ), Democracy: the Unfinished Journey 508 BC to AD 1993, Oxford, 1992, p. 130. Lasch, The True and Only Heaven, p. 174. 24 Eugenio F. Biagini Ancient democracy was a 'hot' issue during the decades between the 1790s and the 1870s. Many continental liberals regarded it with suspicion because of the ideological use to which it had been put during the French Revolution. Benjamin Constant seemed to represent the voice of European liberalism when - in his 1819 lecture at the Athenee Royal - he contrasted the 'liberty of the ancients' with the 'liberty of the moderns':20 the former was the 'positive liberty' of collective self-determination, with its emphasis on participation and civic militancy; the latter involved the law's protection of the individual in the pursuit of his own intellectual and economic goals.

117—65. , pp. 147-51. Cited in Pappe, 'Mill and Tocqueville', p. 227. J. S. Mill, Autobiography, Collected Works, vol. I, p. 201. Mill, 'M. de Tocqueville on Democracy in America', p. 194. J. S. 59 The individual retreated into the sphere of his own private life, in the pursuance of personal interests, and distanced himself from the business of the community: the nouveaux riches lacked any civic spirit. Mill answered that, if such was the case, the question was not one of equality, but of participation and the fostering of civic virtue.

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