Despite playing a decisive role in shaping the past two hundred years of American and European politics, liberalism is no
longer the dominant force it once was. In this expanded and updated edition of what has become a classic history of liberalism,
Edmund Fawcett traces its ideals, successes, and failures through the lives and ideas of exemplary thinkers and politicians
from the early nineteenth century to today. Significant revisions--including a new conclusion--reflect recent changes affecting
the world political order that many see as presenting new and very potent threats to the survival of liberal democracy as
we know it. A richly detailed account of a vulnerable but critically important political creed, this book reminds us that
to defend liberalism it is vital to understand its character and history.