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Postwar Conservatism, A Transnational Investigation

Britain, France, and the United States, 1930-1990

  • Clarisse Berthezène
  • Jean-Christian Vinel

About this book

Introduction

This volume offers a unique comparative perspective on post-war conservatism, as it traces the rise and mutations of conservative ideas in three countries – Britain, France and the United States - across a ‘short’ twentieth century (1929-1990) and examines the reconfiguration of conservatism as a transnational phenomenon. This framework allows for an important and distinctive point --the 1980s were less a conservative revolution than a moment when conservatism, understood in Burkean terms, was outflanked by its various satellites and political avatars, namely, populism, neoliberalism, reaction and cultural and gender traditionalism. No long running, unique ‘conservative mind’ comes out of this book’s transnational investigation. The 1980s did not witness the ascendancy of a movement with deep roots in the 18th century reaction to the French Revolution, but rather the decline of conservatism and the rise of movements and rhetoric that had remained marginal to traditional conservatism.

Keywords

post-war conservatism transnational politics progressive politics and ideology markets and social policy United States, Britain, France

Editors and affiliations

  • Clarisse Berthezène
    • 1
  • Jean-Christian Vinel
    • 2
  1. 1.Université Paris DiderotParisFrance
  2. 2.Université Paris DiderotParisFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-40271-0
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-40270-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-40271-0
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