Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Training minds for the war of ideasAshridge College, the Conservative Party and the cultural politics of Britain, 1929-54$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Clarisse Berthezène

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086496

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086496.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM MANCHESTER SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.manchester.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Manchester University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MSO for personal use.date: 27 May 2022

Redefining the principles of Conservatism

Redefining the principles of Conservatism

(p.93) 5 Redefining the principles of Conservatism
Training minds for the war of ideas

Clarisse Berthezène

Manchester University Press

In 1930, the Conservative historian, Keith Feiling, published a pamphlet entitled What is Conservatism? This is a question, which has troubled historians of political thought and political philosophers over the entire 20th century. In spite of the party’s political and electoral dominance in the inter-war years, that period saw no more certainty than any other as to the essence of Conservatism. But it was also the Baldwinian party, which created the two most ambitious political research and education projects undertaken by the Conservative party in the ‘Conservative Century’ to define the ‘practical ideal’ of Conservatism. These two projects, the Conservative Research Department (CRD) and the Bonar Law Memorial College at Ashridge, were both founded in 1929 and were regarded as related institutional attempts to provide echo-chambers for Conservative thought. CRD’s activities have been examined in a study by John Ramsden, but this chapter explores in depth the political education project of the Bonar Law College (known as Ashridge) and, in so doing, offers a fuller contextualisation of CRD’s activities and also examine the formation of the idea of the Conservative intellectual.

Keywords:   Keynes, conservative Keynesianism, industrial parliament, Macmillan, The Middle Way, Arthur Bryant, English Mistery, Lymington

Manchester Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.