Liberalism as well as History
Author(s): Eric Voegelin, Mary Algozin and Keith Algozin
Resource: The Review of Politics, Vol. thirty eight, No . some (Oct., 1974), pp. 504-520 Published by simply: Cambridge College or university Press to get the University or college of Notre Dame man lac on behalf of Review of National politics
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Liberalism and Its History*
Translated from the German by simply Mary
and Keith Algozin
The taskofsketching history liberalism,
challenging. we standbefore questionofwhether
there evensucha thing liberalism a plainly
definablesubject and whetherthissubject, should it not be clearly definable, can have a history. We feel here upon a general
methodologicalproblem. Toynbee, for example , opens his great workwiththe questionwhether
England includes a history; proves
that the The english language nation as a society is indeed closely linked to the culture of Western civilizationthat 1 cannot write an English withoutgoing into the entirehistory Westerncivilization.
It can be in thissensethattherearisethe questionsof how liberalism to is
be delimitedand whetherit has a background. And they occur more extremely because the circumstance of liberalismis much more challenging than regarding England. For even if some phases of English background, for example the Reformation,
can be addressed only in relationto
the generalEuropean background the Reformation
and Counter-Refstillthereare lengthy periodsof remote, specifically ormation,
background. In the case of liberalism, a narrowingof the subject to national societies- German, French, English or perhaps American - is are just
hardlyjustifiable. For all the regionalphases of liberalism
movement; and moreover, movepartsof a commonWestern
ment can only with difficulty remote from other moves
with in time.
The methodologicalquestions must be elevated, because in the
course of days gone by 30 years the of what liberalismis is promoting completely. If you look at an older standardworksuch as Guido de Ruggiero'sworkof the 1920's, you will findthat at that 5.
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LIBERALISM AND ITS BACKGROUND
period, at the close of the open-handed era, liberalismstill appeared to be a great easilydefinable
sensation. But if you look at the most recent
will findthat the modele Ruggiero'swork provides
nearly disappeared-ttodaythe questionsof liberalismare asked in broader contexts. Let me characterize
threeof the more
recentworksto observe in whichdirection investigation
Considerfirst workof Franz Schnabel, the Munich vem som st?r,
which in turn appeared in 1934.
Krauts (umgangssprachlich) Geschichteim nineteen. Jahrhundert,
The 2nd volume containsa thorough, penetrating
liberalism. In this article, while thereis...
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