This book reassesses the contribution to international thought of some of the most important thinkers of the inter-war period. It takes as its starting point E.H. Carr's famous critique which, more than any other work, established the reputation of the period as the "utopian" or "idealist" phase of international relations theorizing. This characterization of inter-war thought is scrutinized through ten detailed studies of such writers as Norman Angell, J.A. Hobson, J.M. Keynes, David Mitrany, and Alfred Zimmern. The studies demonstrate the diversity of perspectives within so-called "idealism" and call into question the descriptive and analytical value of the entire notion. It is concluded that "idealism" is an overly general term, useful for scoring debating points rather than providing a helpful category for analysis.
1. Introduction: The Twenty Years' Crisis and the Category of 'Idealism' in International Relations / Peter Wilson -- 2. Philip Noel-Baker and Peace Through Law / Lorna Lloyd -- 3. David Davies and the Enforcement of Peace / Brian Porter -- 4. Alfred Zimmern's Cautious Idealism: The League of Nations, International Education, and the Commonwealth / Paul Rich -- 5. Norman Angell and Rationality in International Relations / J. D. B. Miller -- 6. Leonard Woolf and International Government / Peter Wilson -- 7. J. A. Hobson and Economic Internationalism / David Long -- 8. J. M. Keynes, Idealism, and the Economic Bases of Peace / D. J. Markwell -- 9. David Mitrany and International Functionalism / Cornelia Navari -- 10. Lord Lothian and the Federalist Critique of National Sovereignty / Andrea Bosco -- 11. Arnold Toynbee, Chatham House, and Research in a Global Context / Christopher Brewin.
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