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Kemi Badenoch, John Bew etc

Liberty : The Evolution of an Idea

How has the idea of liberty developed and evolved over the centuries? What does freedom mean for us today and what do we need to do to preserve the freedoms for which generations of men and women fought and even gave their lives? Liberty is indispensable to flourishing societies the world over. Its story contains everything from our ancestors' long quest to establish freedom of thought and freedom of religion, to the modern fight against authoritarian politics and tyrants everywhere. In this anthology leading academics, writers and historians explore what liberty has meant through the ages and reflect on this great drama of freedom at work.

  • ISBN: 9789189425934
  • Published: 2023-07-21
  • Graphic design: Patric Leo
  • Illustrated. 174x246x26 mm. 250 pages.
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Therese Melander


Alastair Benn is deputy editor of Engelsberg Ideas.

Kurt Almqvist is CEO at the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Public Benefit.

Mattias Hessérus is a historian and Director of Civilisation Studies at the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation.


Adrian Bradshaw KCB OBE DL has degrees in Agriculture, Defence Studies and International Relations.
Agnès C. Poirier is a regular panel member of the BBC’s Dateline London television programme, and the author of several books about France and Britain, both in French and English.
Alexander Lee is a research fellow at the University of Warwick and a specialist in the cultural and political history of the Renaissance in Italy.
Alexander Mccall Smith is the author of over 100 books.
Alina Polyakova is President and CEO of the Center for European Policy Analysis as well as an adjunct professor of European studies at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.
Brendan Simms obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge, where he is a fellow of Peterhouse and director of the Centre for Geopolitics.
Charly Salonius-Pasternak is a senior research fellow at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs, Helsinki, where his primary areas of research are foreign, security and defence policy.
Christopher Coker is director of LSE IDEAS, a foreign policy think tank at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Francis Gavin is the Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor and the inaugural director of the Henry A Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins SAIS.
Fraser Nelson is a leading British journalist and commentator.
Iuliia Osmolovska is director of Globsec Kyiv office, chair of the Transatlantic Dialogue Center and an executive director of the Eastern Europe Security Institute Ukraine.
Janne Haaland Matláry is Professor of Political Science at the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Command and Staff College.
Jeremy Jennings is Professor of Political Theory at King’s College London.

John Bew


John Bew is Professor of History and Foreign Policy at the War Studies Department at King’s College London.

Juliet Samuel is a journalist living in the UK.
Katja Hoyer is a German-British historian and journalist.
Kemi Badenoch is the British Secretary of State for International Trade, President of the Board of Trade and Minister for Women and Equalities.
Kori Schake is the director of foreign and defence policy at the American Enterprise Institute.
Marie Daouda teaches French language and literature at Oriel College, Oxford.
Mark J. Schiefsky is the C Lois P Grove Professor of the Classics at Harvard University and the director of Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies.
Mary E. Sarotte is the Kravis Professor in the Kissinger Center of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Matthew Goodwin is Professor of Politics at the University of Kent, and Associate Fellow at Chatham House.
Merryn Somerset Webb is editor in chief of MoneyWeek magazine and a contributing editor to the Financial Times where she writes a weekly column.
Peter Frankopan is Professor of Global History at the University of Oxford, where he is Stavros Niarchos Foundation Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research and a senior research fellow at Worcester College.
Richard chartres is a crossbench member of the House of Lords.
Richard Miles is Professor of Roman History and Archaeology and Vice Provost at the University of Sydney.
Rob Johnson is the senior research fellow of Pembroke College, associate of the Department of Politics and International Relations and director of the Oxford Changing Character of War Centre, at the University of Oxford.
Roel Sterckx is Joseph Needham Professor of Chinese History, Science and Civilisation at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Clare College.
Sergey Radchenko is the Wilson E Schmidt Distinguished Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

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