Liberal Internationalism: The Interwar Movement for Peace in Britain

Hardcover | November 13, 2012

byMichael Pugh

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Concepts and policies deriving from political and social movements in support of liberal nationalism are hotly debated today. Civil society has actively engaged in controversies over intervention in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Lebanon. Pugh investigates the role of popular liberal internationalism as a social movement in Britain, addressing the use of force for peace through an examination of the impact of civil society actors in between wars. The interwar social movements had a massive and lasting influence on British approaches to international politics and influenced the UN's approach to peacekeeping, use of force and peace-building.

This book considers social movements for peace and security which probe below the level of state policies. Using Gramscian and Foucauldian ideas of civil society and society, it critically examines the factions and fluidities of a movement that was suffused with values at once humane and superior, tolerant and dogmatic, universalistic and imperial. Pugh explores one of the most powerful social movements for collective security in modern history, a movement which trespassed conventional political boundaries and provided innovative ideas for constructing peace through collective security.

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Concepts and policies deriving from political and social movements in support of liberal nationalism are hotly debated today. Civil society has actively engaged in controversies over intervention in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Lebanon. Pugh investigates the role of popular liberal internationalism as a social moveme...

MICHAEL PUGH is Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Bradford, UK, Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow (2011-12) and editor of the journal International Peacekeeping. He has written extensively on peace and conflict and is the co-editor, with Neil Cooper and Mandy Turner, of Whose Peace? Critical Perspectives on the Political...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.52 × 5.68 × 0.86 inPublished:November 13, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230537634

ISBN - 13:9780230537637

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Table of Contents

Preface 
Introduction: Liberal Internationalism, a Social Movement for Peace
Governance: Ideological and Political Trespass
Education: Democratic Accountability and Paper Guarantees
Disarmament: White Robes of Peace or Jackboots and Spurs?
Innovation: Arming the League with Air Power
Resistance: Pacifism and the Power of Defiance
Imperialism: Economic Security and Sanctions
Revisionism: Rearmament and Peaceful Change
Conclusion: Retrenchment, Reform and Colonisation
Appendix I: Group Memberships
Appendix II: Circulation Figures

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"In this excellent book, Pugh very clearly establishes the role and significance of social and political movements in the development of foreign and defence policy [...] I commend this book to all who want to understand why peace movementsand other social movements for progressive social change are important." - International Peacekeeping 'With impeccable scholarship, Michael Pugh offers novel insights into interwar liberal internationalism in Britain. Erudite and authoritative, this account will rightly become an indispensable point of reference for students and scholars alike.'- Richard Caplan, Professor of International Relations, University of Oxford, UK 'This is an important and erudite book. The 1930s are often seen as a 'lost decade' inwhich appeasement led inevitably to the Second World War. Michael Pugh's carefulreading of the period reveals a much more complex story in which peace movementshad considerable success in laying down the foundations of what would later becomethe rationale for international peace-support interventions and collective security.This work is a useful antidote to many of the a-historical books on internationalrelations that assume the world began in 1989.'— Roger Mac Ginty, Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Manchester, UK 'Michael Pugh has produced a compelling, thought-provoking and highly readable assessment of the importance and lasting impact of interwar 'liberal internationalism' as a 'complex movement … at once humane and superior, tolerant and dogmatic, universalistic and imperial'. While many of its leading intellectual proponents were later denigrated as hopelessly 'naïve' and 'idealistic', Pugh reveals a movement not only with a strong ethical dimension but one capable of 'pragmatic adaption to changes in international and domestic circumstances'. Above all, this is a study of liberal internationalism as an influential, if diverse and complex, social movement for peace. As such, and as Pugh persuasively shows, any assessment of its true impact and influence requires a longer-term historical perspective, one that extends well beyond the interwar period itself.'- Mats Berdal, King's College London, UK