Citizenship, Community, and the Church of England: Liberal Anglican Theories of the State Between…

Hardcover | August 23, 2004

byMatthew Grimley

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This book traces the influence of Anglican writers on the political thought of inter-war Britain, and argues that religion continued to exert a powerful influence on political ideas and allegiances in the 1920s and 1930s. It counters the prevailing assumption of historians that inter-war politicalthought was primarily secular in content, by showing how Anglicans like Archbishop William Temple made an active contribution to ideas of community and the welfare state (a term which Temple himself invented). Liberal Anglican ideas of citizenship, community and the nation continued to be central topolitical thought and debate in the first half of the 20th century.Grimley traces how Temple and his colleagues developed and changed their ideas on community and the state in response to events like the First World War, the General Strike and the Great Depression. For Temple, and political philosophers like A. D. Lindsay and Ernest Barker, the priority was to finda rhetoric of community which could unite the nation against class consciousness, poverty, and the threat of Hitler. Their idea of a Christian national community was central to the articulation of ideas of 'Englishness' in inter-war Britain, but this Anglican contribution has been almost completelyoverlooked in recent debate on twentieth-century national identity.Grimley also looks at rival Anglican political theories put forward by conservatives such as Bishop Hensley Henson and Ralph Inge, dean of St Paul's. Drawing extensively on Henson's private diaries, it uncovers the debates which went on within the Church at the time of the General Strike and the1927-8 Prayer Book crisis.The book uncovers an important and neglected seam of popular political thought, and offers a new evaluation of the religious, political and cultural identity of Britain before the Second World War.

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This book traces the influence of Anglican writers on the political thought of inter-war Britain, and argues that religion continued to exert a powerful influence on political ideas and allegiances in the 1920s and 1930s. It counters the prevailing assumption of historians that inter-war politicalthought was primarily secular in conten...

Matthew Grimley is a Lecturer in History, Royal Holloway.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:260 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:August 23, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199270899

ISBN - 13:9780199270897

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Liberal Anglican Theories of the State2. Groups versus Community: The Pluralists3. Class versus Community: The General Strike4. Church versus State: The Prayer Book Crisis5. Church, King and Country: The 1930sEpilogue: The Second World War and AfterConclusion: Cultural Defence and Civil ReligionBiographical AppendixBibliographyIndex

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`This is an astute and incisive thesis which has become a valuable monograph.'Ecclesiastical History