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The Labour Party, Nationalism and Internationalism, 1939-1951 : Cass Series--British Foreign and Colonial Policy - R. M. Douglas

The Labour Party, Nationalism and Internationalism, 1939-1951

Cass Series--British Foreign and Colonial Policy

Hardcover Published: 15th July 2004
ISBN: 9780714655239
Number Of Pages: 320

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The Second World War was a watershed moment in foreign policy for the Labour Party in Britain. Before the war, British socialists had held that nationalism was becoming obsolete and that humanity was steadily evolving towards the ideal of a single world government. The collapse of the League of Nations destroyed this optimistic vision, compelling Labour to undertake a fundamental review of its entire approach to foreign affairs during a period of unprecedented global crisis.
This book traces the controversy that ensued, as the British democratic left set about the task of defining the principles of a radically new international system for the postwar world. The schemes proposed by Labour policymakers during these years encompassed a wide variety of political institutions aiming at the restraint or supersession of the sovereign nation-state. What they shared in common, however, was a reconceptualization of British identity, in which the hyper-patriotism of the wartime period blended with the left's traditional internationalism. This new 'muscular' internationalism was to have a major impact upon the evolution of entities as diverse as the United Nations Organizations, the British Commonwealth and the accelerating campaign in favor of European unity after Labour assumed the reins of government in 1945.
Breaking with the traditional accounts that place Cold War tensions at the centre of the Attlee government's activities in the immediate postwar years, R.M. Douglas's book provides an entirely new framework for reassessing British foreign policy and left-wing concepts of national identity during the most turbulent moment of Britain's modern history.
This book will be essential reading for all students and researchers of British foreign policy, the Labour Party and international relations.

'Half a League Onward': The Labour Critique of the Nation-State, 1900-39
Dictatorship of the Secretariat: Transport House and the Rise of 'Muscular' Internationalism
Internationalism or Anti-Nationalism?: Backbench and Beckroom Visions of World Order, 1939-45
Trustees for Humanity: Ministerial Planning for International Government, 1940-45
Utopia Deferred: The Attlee Adminitration and the United Nations, 1945-51
An Offer They Couldn't Refuse: Labour Internationalism and Colonial Trusteeship
Socialism in One Country: The Failure of Labour Europeanism Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780714655239
ISBN-10: 0714655236
Series: Cass Series--British Foreign and Colonial Policy
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 15th July 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.62
Edition Number: 1