Liberal Internationalism: The Interwar Movement for Peace in Britain by M. PughLiberal Internationalism: The Interwar Movement for Peace in Britain by M. Pugh

Liberal Internationalism: The Interwar Movement for Peace in Britain

byM. Pugh

Hardcover | September 28, 2012

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The book investigates the role of popular liberal internationalism as a social movement in Britain using Gramscian and Foucauldian ideas of civil society. It addresses the use of force for peace through an examination of the impact of civil society actors in popular liberal internationalism between the world wars.
MICHAEL PUGH is Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Bradford, UK, Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow (2011-12) and editor of the journalInternational Peacekeeping. He has written extensively on peace and conflict and is the co-editor, with Neil Cooper and Mandy Turner, ofWhose Peace? Critical Perspectives on the Political Ec...
Title:Liberal Internationalism: The Interwar Movement for Peace in BritainFormat:HardcoverDimensions:244 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.86 inPublished:September 28, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230537634

ISBN - 13:9780230537637


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

Editorial Reviews

"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