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Liberty Abroad, Part 1. JS Mill on International Relations

Mill is liberalism's intellectual giant of the nineteenth century. He was a respected public intellectual and a high ranking official of the East India Company, who also gained political influence through direct election to Westminster. This podcast explores Mill's thinking on war, slavery and nationality

Dr Georgios Varouxakis in conversation with Tony Curzon Price on his latest book, "Liberty Abroad, J.S.Mill on International Relations".

JS Mill stands to liberalism as Karl Marx does to socialism. Mill is liberalism's intellectual giant of the nineteenth century. He was a public intellectual, a high ranking official of the East India Company, a man who had gained political influence both through the respect accorded to his views and through direct election to Westminster. He involved himself in every important practical issue of mid century politics, and Dr Varouxakis brings the context to light through an analysis of the arguments Mill engaged in. From the American Civil War to the Spring of Nations; from self-government of settler colonies to the character of civilisations ... JS Mill thought subtly about international relations and his themes continue to have strikingly contemporary echoes. Part 1 of the conversation.

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About the authors

Tony Curzon Price was Editor-in-Chief of openDemocracy from 2007 to 2012, where he is now contributing editor and technical director. He blogs at tony.curzon.com

Dr Georgios Varouxakis is Reader in the History of Political Thought at Queen Mary College, University of London. He grew up in Crete and studied in the UK. He has published widely on 19th Century and contemporary history of political ideas.


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