Against the Bomb: The British Peace Movement 1958-1965

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byRichard Taylor

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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 thesubsequent 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 inthe 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 morethan 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 aboutnuclear proliferation, as well as to courses in politics, sociology, modern history and peace studies.

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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 thesubsequent radicalism of the '60s and '70s h...

Richard Taylor is a Director of Extramural Courses and Senior Lecturer, Department of Adult and Continuing Education at University of Leeds.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:376 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.06 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198275374

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'this is a higly reliable study, likely to become standard'Martin Shaw, University of Hull, International Affairs