Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies

Liberal Internationalism

The Interwar Movement for Peace in Britain

Authors: Pugh, M.

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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.

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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 Economy of Peacebuilding (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

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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 movements

and 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' in

which appeasement led inevitably to the Second World War. Michael Pugh's careful

reading of the period reveals a much more complex story in which peace movements

had considerable success in laying down the foundations of what would later become

the rationale for international peace-support interventions and collective security.

This work is a useful antidote to many of the a-historical books on international

relations 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


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Liberal Internationalism
Book Subtitle
The Interwar Movement for Peace in Britain
Authors
Series Title
Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-29194-3
DOI
10.1057/9781137291943
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-53763-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-35932-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 244
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