Thesis: Religion and the emergence of New Liberalism, 1870-1910.
Before Edwardian Liberalism: The continuity of radical dissent, 1867-1914
Much political history on Nonconformity and the Liberal Party still rests on outdated assumptions about the secularisation of Victorian society towards the close of the century. As a result nonconformity has become marginalised by historical narratives emphasising the work of secular intellectuals and other socio-economic imperatives.
The project re-evaluates its role in relation to the Liberal party towards the close of the century and considers the extent that New Liberalism represented the continuity of political nonconformity. Through a series of case studies focusing on discordant extra-parliamentary activities, it explores how dissent provided the Liberal party with vitality, a common religious identity and language, in developing important radical platforms which enabled the party to make radical changes in policy.
It also considers how changes in religious doctrines that embraced social issues, immanentism and communitarian values helped develop and justify state interventionism in the social sphere. It focuses primarily on the press, critically examining the use of religious language and themes, supplemented by speeches and private correspondence.
- Professor Stuart Jones
- Dr Thomas Scriven
Intellectual history, history of political ideas, historical methodology, newspapers, journalism, computational history, digital humanities and data mining.
I am also employed as an intern at John Rylands Library (project support).