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Old November 18th, 2012, 04:12 PM   #1
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What exactly are liberal institutions? I am supposed to write about governance, ideologies and liberal institutions with respect to the British empire. However, I am having a bit of trouble finding out exactly what liberal institutions are. From what I gather it seems to refer to universities, the franchise, missionaries etc.. Is this correct? Either way, if someone could provide an accurate definition I would be grateful.

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Old November 19th, 2012, 02:43 PM   #2
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My apologies guys - but last night I posted this over in homework help, but it was only viewed ~19 times and got no answers. I figure people don't view that forum often and that I may have better luck here. Anyway:

What exactly are liberal institutions? I am supposed to write about governance, ideologies and liberal institutions with respect to the British Empire. However, I am having a bit of trouble finding out exactly what liberal institutions are within the context of the Brit Empire. From what I gather it seems to refer to universities, the franchise, missionaries etc.. Is this correct? Either way, if someone could provide an accurate definition I would be grateful.

Bear in mind I am not asking you to do my homework, the question does not ask what liberal institutions are, rather how they fit into colonization. Once I have a clear definition, I can bang out a nice paper. Help! ;-)

Thanx in advance.
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Old November 20th, 2012, 06:54 AM   #3

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My apologies guys - but last night I posted this over in homework help, but it was only viewed ~19 times and got no answers. I figure people don't view that forum often and that I may have better luck here. Anyway:

What exactly are liberal institutions? I am supposed to write about governance, ideologies and liberal institutions with respect to the British Empire. However, I am having a bit of trouble finding out exactly what liberal institutions are within the context of the Brit Empire. From what I gather it seems to refer to universities, the franchise, missionaries etc.. Is this correct? Either way, if someone could provide an accurate definition I would be grateful.

Bear in mind I am not asking you to do my homework, the question does not ask what liberal institutions are, rather how they fit into colonization. Once I have a clear definition, I can bang out a nice paper. Help! ;-)

Thanx in advance.
Start with the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) which gives both a general and a political defintion of the word 'liberal'.

Wikipedia provides the following articles which expand those defintions and are backed up by references, and these latter would be worth consulting if you wish to take the definition aspect further.

Liberal Liberal

Liberalism Liberalism

Having read these you should be able to write about governance, ideologies and liberal institutions with respect to the British Empire -

Off you go!
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Old November 20th, 2012, 09:00 AM   #4

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Simple Student,

REsponses or not, we have the dedicated section for homework help for a reason. You're just going to have to be patient-our users will respond. Threads merged in Homework Help.
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Old November 20th, 2012, 09:06 AM   #5

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Start with the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) which gives both a general and a political defintion of the word 'liberal'.

Wikipedia provides the following articles which expand those defintions and are backed up by references, and these latter would be worth consulting if you wish to take the definition aspect further.

Liberal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Liberalism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Having read these you should be able to write about governance, ideologies and liberal institutions with respect to the British Empire -

Off you go!
None of those mentions the term "liberal institutions". "Liberal" and "liberalism" are terms with so many completely different meanings that such general references doesn't cover that specific question.

I am getting a bit curious as well, and would love to hear someone explain exactly what the term "liberal institutions" means in this context.
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Old November 20th, 2012, 05:52 PM   #6

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Perhaps consider "liberal" as "having to do with liberty." It doesn't have to mean "the opposite of conservative."
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Old November 21st, 2012, 12:07 PM   #7
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Yes, yes - Thanx-A-Million folks.

This was not the easiest question it seems, as a few of you were quite unclear as well. Either way, I wrote to a uni professor and here's what I got:

Within the context of the Brit Empire liberal institutions refer to economic systems (free market); limited gov't; universities (as I suspected); parliamentary gov't; entities that restrict the power of the gov't; enhancement of individual rights and so on...

I thought it would be pretty foul to get the answer and just leave you guys hanging, so there you have it. Now we know.
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