Maurice Cowling was one of the most controversial historians and thinkers of the last 40 years and a key figure in modern British Conservatism. His work on intellectual and political history assaulted conventional understanding of the political process and challenged the liberal and secular ideas which have been so pervasive in modern Britain. Here, leading scholars disclose Cowling's vision of British democracy and place it in its broader intellectual context. This book therefore provides a powerful multi-disciplinary explanation of Conservative thought about public life in modern Britain, and sheds light upon the interface between philosophy, politics, religion and British democracy.
Robert Crowcroft completed his Ph.D. at the University of Leeds in 2007, and currently teaches in the School of History. He is the author of Attlee's War, forthcoming with I.B.Tauris, and has published several articles and essays, including 'The High PoliticsA" of Labour Party factionalism, 1950-55', in Historical Research (2008). S. J. D. Green is Reader in Modern British History at the University of Leeds and fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He is author of Religion in the Age of Decline: Organisation and Experience in Industrial Yorkshire c. 1870-1920 (Cambridge University Press, 1996) and The Passing of Protestant England: Secularisation and Social Change c.1920-1960 (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press). Richard Whiting is Professor of Modern British History at the University of Leeds and author of The Labour Party and Taxation (Cambridge University Press, 2001).