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18:00 - 19:30 9 May 2013

2013 Commonwealth Fund Colloquium Lecture: Gary Gerstle on ‘The Liberal State in an Age of Consensus, 1945-1960’


Seminar Room 103, First floor | (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PN |

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free of charge but registration required
Ticketing: Ticketed

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Prof Gary Gerstle, James G Stahlman Professor of American History (Vanderbilt) and Harmsworth Professor of American History (Oxford, 2012-2013)

UCL - Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA) and UCL History Department welcome Gary Gerstle (Vanderbilt and Oxford Universities) to deliver the 2013 Commonwealth Fund Colloquium Lecture on 'The Liberal State in an Age of Consensus, 1945-1960'.

This paper considers the extent to which the US state operated within the framework of a 'liberal consensus' in the postwar years of 1945-1960. The consensus idea, most famously advanced by Godfrey Hodgson, suggests there was fundamental bipartisan agreement in this era over the preservation of the New Deal state, Keynesian management of the economy and containment of communism abroad. Gary Gerstle examines the role of the 'liberal state' in these years to assess the extent and limitations of consensus over its activism.

Attendance is free of charge but registration is required.


Oscar Martinez
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