The nuclear disarmament movement of the late '50s and early '60s was one of the largest and arguably one of the most significant, extra-parliamentary movements ever seen in modern Britain. A whole new style and conception of politics was born through this first anti-nuclear movement, and the subsequent radicalism of the '60s and '70s has its roots here. The movement was extraordinarily diverse and rich in its constituencies of support and
complex in its ideological make-up. Thus anarchists, communists, and Trotskyists rubbed shoulders with Christians, liberals, members of the Labour party, and 'ordinary apolitical people', most of whom found in the movement a means by which they could articulate their growing fear and anxiety about the
seemingly inexorable arms race, and the horror of nuclear war. Dr Taylor analyses the perceptions of these groups in detail and explains how and why they differed. This is the first comprehensive study of the movement to make use of a wide range of contemporary material, and the first to present in detail the previously unrecorded views and analyses of more than twenty of the leading figures of the movement some twenty-five years on. Although he provides a wealth of
historical detail, Dr Taylor's approach is primarily political and analytical, and his examination of this first mass movement of its kind will be relevant to all those concerned about nuclear proliferation, as well as to courses in politics, sociology, modern history and peace studies.
'Taylor's political judgements are never obtrusive... and, far from narrowing the appeal of his book, they help to give it bite and perspective. He has produced an impressively through piece of work...both as a work of politics and history it towers above all previous writing on the subject, and will become the standard work on early CND.'Times Higher Education Supplement
'Taylor's book is a timely corrective to anti-nuclear myth-making and generality, and the producton is scholarly' New Statesman & Society
'a uniquely useful work of reference on the British Peace Movement'Times Literary Supplement
'the first full-length scholarly history of the first wave of British anti-nuclear protests ... Taylor's is much the best historical account to date of the first wave of anti-nuclear protest in Britain'
'this is a higly reliable study, likely to become standard'
Martin Shaw, University of Hull, International Affairs