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Description - The Liberal State on Trial by Jonathan Bell

This book explores the role of the Cold War in shifting the center of gravity in American politics sharply to the right in the years immediately following World War II. Jonathan Bell demonstrates that there was far more active and vibrant debate about the potential for liberal ideas before they become submerged in Cold War anti-state rhetoric than has generally been recognized. Using case studies from Senate and House races from 1946 to 1952, Bell shows how the anti-statist imagery that defined the Cold War in political debate became the key weapon among right-wing and business interest groups and their political representatives with which to discredit political figures who wanted to expand political liberalism beyond existing New Deal measures. He depicts how this process implicitly endorsed socioeconomic inequality.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780231133562
ISBN-10: 0231133561
Format: Hardback
Pages: 408
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 20-Oct-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Jonathan Bell

Jonathan Bell is a lecturer in U.S. History at the University of Reading, England.

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