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The Service of an Ideology: Bloomsbury in the 1930s

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dc.contributor.advisor Gerstein, Linda
dc.contributor.advisor Graham, Lisa Jane, 1963- Kaplan, Molly 2014-10-29T15:19:20Z 2014-10-29T15:19:20Z 2002
dc.description.abstract Bloomsbury experienced the political atmosphere of the 1930s as an attack upon civilization. "A struggle is taking place," Leonard Woolf wrote, "in the heart of society, and instinctively the barbarians throw the whole of their weight upon the side of barbarianism." Bloomsbury resisted the pull of barbarism by introducing a critical, pacific voice that countered the jingoistic and belligerent tone of European nations. Its members expressed this alternative resistance through an examination of "civilization." They cast off the layers of nationalistic rhetoric attached to the concept and introduced a revised notion of civilization that adhered to the Bloomsbury pacific philosophy. Because Bloomsbury's pacific ideology countered the mainstream period's aggressive and fearful tone, scholars tend to suggest that the group was silenced into dissolution by the force of events in the 1930s. As I will argue, however, the threat to civilization, the tensions and anxieties which seemed to sweep people into irrationality and violence compelled Bloomsbury to express even more fervently and clearly what its members had always believed. Bloomsbury, so far from being silenced, located in its particular focus upon "civilization" a means of expression and action in accordance with its ideology.
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Department of History
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject.lcsh Bloomsbury Group
dc.subject.lcsh Europe -- Intellectual life -- 20th century
dc.title The Service of an Ideology: Bloomsbury in the 1930s
dc.type Thesis
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