Christianity, Patriotism, and Nationhood

Christianity, Patriotism, and Nationhood : The England of G. K. Chesterton

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This study links the concepts of patriotism, Christianity, and English national identity in the journalistic writings of G. K. Chesterton. It is the first work on Chesterton to explore in full the English attachments that were central to his political and spiritual persona, and their roots in a wider movement of English national consciousness in the early-twentieth more

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  • Paperback | 250 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 26mm | 381.02g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739126148
  • 9780739126141
  • 1,350,103

About Julia Stapleton

Julia Stapleton is a reader in the Department of Politics, University of more

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This is a splendid, detailed, well-balanced and intelligent account of G.K.Chesterton's defense of ancient English ideals and loyalties, against imperialism, futurism and social Darwinism, and of the English people against plutocracy. Dr. Stapleton has done much to help restore Chesterton to his proper place as a well-informed and witty political philosopher. -- Stephen R.L.Clark, University of Liverpool Julia Stapleton's well-researched, insightful study is a significant contribution to Chesterton criticism and to British intellectual history. Her substantive and stimulating analysis sparks fresh understandings of the relationship between Chesterton's faith and his politics, and of constructions of British national identity in the early twentienth century. This pioneering integration of hitherto parallel discourses is a great service to scholars of modern British thought and culture; it deserves a wide and appreciative audience. -- Adam Schwartz, author of The Third Spring: G. K. Chesterton, Graham Greene, Christopher Dawson, and David Jones This is an intriguing and interesting study of one of the more intriguing men of letters of the early twentieth century. ELT Journalshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Chapter 1: Creeds and Identities Chapter 3 Chapter 2: Liberal Journalism and the Patriotic Cosmos Chapter 4 Chapter 3: The Insularity of English Art, Ethics, Politics, and Thought: Chesterton's Critique of theFin de Siecle Chapter 5 Chapter 4: Liberalism, Democracy, and the English Nation Chapter 6 Chapter 5: The Dissident Liberal Chapter 7 Chapter 6: Authenticity, the English, and the Jews Chapter 8 Chapter 7: Prussianism, Teutonism, and the Literary War Chapter 9 Chapter 8: History versus Historians in the First World War Chapter 10 Chapter 9: Nationalism, Internationalism, and the English Past after 1918 Chapter 11 Conclusionshow more