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The new liberal vision of C. F. G. Masterman : religion, politics and literature in early twentieth-century Britain.

Stapleton, Julia (2020) 'The new liberal vision of C. F. G. Masterman : religion, politics and literature in early twentieth-century Britain.', Modern intellectual history., 17 (1). pp. 85-115.


This article explores the political thought of C. F. G. Masterman (1873–1927), a leading figure in the movement of New Liberalism in Britain at the beginning of the twentieth century. The article emphasizes the distinctive color his Christian beliefs and Anglican loyalties lent to his progressive Liberal ideals; this adds a new dimension to the existing historiography of the New Liberalism, which, until recently, has neglected the religious influences on its development. The article further underlines Masterman's concern to harness the cause of religious freedom and the disestablishment of the Church of England to social reform; he did so through reviving the older Gladstonian alliance between Liberalism and Nonconformity. It argues that his religiosity—focused on the Church of England—was central to his thought, and was frequently expressed in the language of prophecy he imbibed from Thomas Carlyle and other nineteenth-century seers.

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Publisher statement:This article has been published in a revised form in Modern intellectual history This version is published under a Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND. No commercial re-distribution or re-use allowed. Derivative works cannot be distributed. © Cambridge University Press 2017.
Date accepted:28 September 2017
Date deposited:29 September 2017
Date of first online publication:26 October 2017
Date first made open access:29 September 2017

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