The Struggle for Civil Liberties
Political Freedom and the Rule of Law in Britain, 1914-1945
Keith Ewing and Conor Anthony Gearty
Reviews and Awards
By providing the theoretical framework, and a fascinating way to evaluate the issue of the protection of civil liberties in Britain, Ewing and Gearty give the reader a context, a question to ponder while reviewing the wealth of historical evidence that they have compiled. Ultimately, that makes The Struggle for Civil Liberties both interesting and successful as a work of legal history. - Twentieth Century British History Vol. 13, No. 1, 2002
deserves a place in specialized collections of British legal 2001 constitutional history. - Choice January 2001
The book will be of much value to law teachers ... The authors have, with painstaking research, accumulated a good deal of contemporary background ... The use of archive material is exhaustive ... The book is a welcome and controversial addition to the study of twentieth century legal history. - Maureen Spencer, The Law Teacher
a major study on the history of civil liberties - Ian Leigh THES, Feb 2001
a treasure-chest of fascination information and thought-provoking discussion. - David Feldman Civil Justice Quarterly Vol. 20
well-researched ... a highly readable history of the British State's responses to a series of perceived threats. - Roderick Bagshaw, Law Quarterly Review, Jan 01.
As an account of events impinging on civil liberties during their chosen decades the book is a triumph. Writers on civil liberties can no longer have any excuse for thoughtlessly alluding to a golden age. - Roderick Bagshaw, Law Quarterly Review, Jan 01.
It is difficult to quarrel with the substance of the case which the authors compellingly make. This is an important book which is likely to be the primary reference for future discussions of civil liberties in the first half of the twentieth century. - Roderick Bagshaw, Law Quarterly Review, Jan 01.
impressively researched and well written ... Ewing and Gearty have given us a valuable and much-needed corrective. - Ian Leigh, THES
In one of the most refreshing parts of their book they place British common law in its historical context ... This is a powerful piece of advocacy. I'd pick Ewing and Gearty for my counsels any day. - Bernard Porter, London Review of Books
Review from previous edition In one of the most refreshing parts of their book they place British common law in its historical context . . . This is a powerful piece of advocacy. I'd pick Ewing and gearty for my counsels any day. - London Review of Books