Jan Palmowski. Liberalism and Local Government in Late Nineteenth-Century Germany and England.

The Historical Journal, Vol. 45, No. 2 (Jun., 2002), pp. 381-409.

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In the above reading Taksa challenges the employment of social value from ideas of class conflict, in this reading Palmoswski demonstrates the challenge to social value from the other side of the political spectrum. In Australia there has been a very close association between liberalism and localism, and, hence, local history has been a common meeting place for liberals. Palmoswski’s context, however, is the late nineteenth-century Germany and England. Nevertheless, many of the conclusions Palmoswski makes about liberals and local government, civic associations, and local primary education are evident in Queensland history of the same era and beyond. The reader is invited to ponder what Palmoswski states as the liberal’s ‘ultimate failure’ and its implications for local history today.

In the above reading Taksa challenges the employment of social value from ideas of class conflict, in this reading Palmoswski demonstrates the challenge to social value from the other side of the political spectrum. In Australia there has been a very close association between liberalism and localism, and, hence, local history has been a common meeting place for liberals. Palmoswski’s context, however, is the late nineteenth-century Germany and England. Nevertheless, many of the conclusions Palmoswski makes about liberals and local government, civic associations, and local primary education are evident in Queensland history of the same era and beyond. The reader is invited to ponder what Palmoswski states as the liberal’s ‘ultimate failure’ and its implications for local history today.

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Neville Buch (Pronounced Book) Ph.D. is a certified member of the Professional Historians Association (Queensland). Since 2010 he has operated a sole trade business in history consultancy. He is a Q ANZAC 100 Fellow 2014-2015 at the State Library of Queensland. Dr Buch is the PHA (Qld) e-Bulletin, the monthly state association’s electronic publication, and is a member of its Management Committee. He is the Managing Director of the Brisbane Southside History Network.

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Neville Buch (Pronounced Book) Ph.D. is a certified member of the Professional Historians Association (Queensland). Since 2010 he has operated a sole trade business in history consultancy. He is a Q ANZAC 100 Fellow 2014-2015 at the State Library of Queensland. Dr Buch is the PHA (Qld) e-Bulletin, the monthly state association’s electronic publication, and is a member of its Management Committee. He is the Managing Director of the Brisbane Southside History Network.
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