Industrial Civilisation, Rational Order and Liberalism: On the Barbarity of Democracy from Collingwood’s German Herd Discourse

The brutal wars of the 20th century have had a profound impact on European civil societies. As a historian and a political thought scholar, Collingwood explored the developmental process of European civilisation and the conditions for modern European barbarianism. In Collingwood’s view, the vital foundation of European civilisation’s civility had gradually died away when Enlightenment thought and the industrial technological culture emerged.

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