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Anne McElvoy tells the stories of big challenges that have spurred leading British conservative thinkers into action, from the French Revolution to the Permissive Society.

Episode 8: Anne explores how conservatives of left and right responded to the advent of the welfare state and the 'affluent society' after the Second World War. As old patterns of paternalism and hierarchy began to broke down, conservatism had to reinvent itself once again.

With: Dominic Sandbrook, Professor Simon Ball, Professor Jon Lawrence, Dr Eliza Filby

Producer: Phil Tinline.

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15 minutes

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Wed 11 Sep 2013 13:45
BBC Radio 4 FM only
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