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S Pollock


The roots of liberalism can be traced back to the late sixteenth or early seventeenth century. It became a clear philosophical school during the Age of Enlightenment. The emergence of liberalism as an intellectual tradition is associated with the writings of key figures such as Locke , Rousseau and Kant. Early liberals were opposed to the dominant political forces of feudal capitalism of the period the established Church, absolutist monarchs and the landed gentry. They were committed to an alternative group of ideas, which included freedom of religion, constitutional rule, individual property and free trade


Cummins, I. (2019). Liberalism. In S. Pollock, K. Parkinson, & I. Cummins (Eds.), Social Work and Society: Political and Ideological Perspectives (22-33). Policy Press

Publication Date Nov 27, 2019
Deposit Date Jun 30, 2020
Publicly Available Date Nov 27, 2021
Publisher Policy Press
Pages 22-33
Book Title Social Work and Society: Political and Ideological Perspectives
ISBN 9781447344704
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