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By Eugenio F. Biagini

Citizenship and neighborhood explores the hyperlinks between liberalism, social democracy and nationalism in the framework of conventional republican beliefs of "civic advantage" and lively citizenship. It examines numerous "currents of radicalism" in Britain and eire, from Victorian complex liberals to Irish and Welsh socialists within the Nineteen Twenties. The book's powerful comparative emphasis focuses consciousness at the areas of england, revealing how assorted kinds of collective identification interacted in well known attitudes to political and social debates.

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R. J. Halliday, John Stuart Mill, London, 1976, p. 138. Cf. R. J e n k i n s , The Victorians and Ancient Greece, Oxford, 1980, esp. p p . 14-15; F . M . Turner, The Greek Heritage in Victorian Britain, esp. pp. 187-233; F. E. Sparshott, 'Introduction' to J. S. Mill, Essays on Philosophy and the Classics, in Collected Works, vol. xi, London, 1978; I. Bradley, The Optimists, London, 1980, pp. 78-9. This heritage was one of the main motivations behind British support for the Greek war of independence: cf.

J. Halliday, John Stuart Mill, p p . 3 0 - 1 . Of particular importance were his Essays on Some Unsettled Questions of Political Economy (now in Collected Works, vol. IV, T o m e 1, T o r o n t o a n d L o n d o n , 1967, p p . 2 2 9 - 3 3 9 ) , written in 1831-2 t h o u g h published only in 1844-5. M o r e indicative of his state of m i n d in this period are his literary writings, which expressed his interest in T e n n y s o n ' s a n d W o r d s w o r t h ' s poetry (these writings are n o w in Collected Works, vol.

42 This work- a powerful vindication of the importance of originality and the individual's right to dissent contrasted contemporary England with ancient Athens. Mill argued for the superiority of the latter on the ground of her allegedly greater respect for individual genius: among the Athenians wisdom and culture were not 'private ornaments', but essential attributes of full humanity and active citizenship. Socrates left behind no dogma, but rather a method of reasoning an enquiry. , p p . 2 7 7 - 9 .

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