LECKY marks the close of the Victorian tradition of Burke.1 His Democracy and Liberty, which was first published in 1896, is the last will and testament of an intellectual reaction that was founded largely on eighteenth-century ideas. Stephen and Maine had protested against the consolidation of political democracy; Lecky recognized its victory and turned to point out its disastrous consequences. Where Stephen and Maine had set their lance against democratic ideas, democratic dogma, and democratic confidence, Lecky set his against the implications of democracy. He saw political democracy moving toward an equalitarian state and beginning to direct its attack upon industrial privilege; he fully realized that it was turning from its triumph over aristocracy to an attack on the middle class. He wrote to warn Englishmen that the realization of universal____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Victorian Critics of Democracy:Carlyle, Ruskin, Arnold, Stephen, Maine, Lecky. Contributors: Benjamin Evans Lippincott - Editor. Publisher: H. Milford, Oxford University Press. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 1938. Page number: 207.
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