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AuthorMiller, Kenneth E. author
TitleSocialism and Foreign Policy [electronic resource] : Theory and Practice in Britain to 1931 / by Kenneth E. Miller
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1967
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Descript VIII, 301 p. online resource


This book is intended as a contribution to the study of the relation of political ideas and governmental policies. It seeks to examine and evaluate the British Labour Party's early efforts to apply socialist theories to foreign policy actions. Since I have focused on these ideas and events, I have not attempted to take into account happenings on the British domestic front that, though important to the Labour Party and the trade unions, did not directly affect foreign policy. Nor are matters of imperial or Commonwealth policy considered, except as they relate to the development of socialist theories and interpretations or as they influenced Great Britain's relations with other independent states. I must express my appreciation for their assistance to Drs. Malcolm Moos, Thomas 1. Cook, and Carl B. "Swisher, under whose direction this project first began at the Johns Hopkins University; to Mrs. E. Rickman of the Labour Party's Library and to Mrs. Gladys D. Cremer of the Fabian Society, for access to various Labour and socialist maยญ terials; to the Rutgers University Research Council for grants in support of some of the research; and to Mrs. Edward Teifeld and Mrs. Boris Pritsky for the wearisome efforts of typing various versions of the manuscript. The responsibility for errors is, of course, mine. The book is dedicated to my wife Marilyn, who aided so greatly in its preparation, not least by a tactful and appropriate balance of patience and impatience


I. Radical, Liberal, and Socialist Interpretations -- Radicalism, Liberalism, and Foreign Policy -- Socialist Origins and Socialist Alternatives -- II. The Beginnings of Labourโ{128}{153}s Foreign Policy -- The New Liberalism -- The Rise of the Labour Party -- The Labour Party and Foreign Policy Before the First World War -- Labour, Socialism, and the First World War -- III. Labourโ{128}{153}s Plan for the Peace -- Leonard Woolf and a Fabian Plan -- Towards International Government: Hobson and Brailsford -- The Socialist Organizations and a League of Nations -- Woodrow Wilson and British Labour -- Further Development of Labourโ{128}{153}s Plans for the Peace -- The Labour Party at the Close of the First World War -- IV. After the Peace -- Labour and the Peace Settlement -- Labour and Post-War Europe -- Secret Diplomacy, Armaments, and Other International Problems -- A General Election and a New Government -- The Labour Government and European Problems -- The Labour Government and the League of Nations -- The End of the First Labour Government -- The Record of the First Labour Government -- V. Lost Opportunities -- Labour and Locarno -- A Post-Mortem on the Late Government -- The Question of Disarmament -- Great Britain and the Soviet Union -- Great Britain, the United States, and the Kellogg-Briand Pact -- Other Aspects of British Foreign Policy -- The Indictment and the Verdict -- VI. The Second Labour Government -- Anglo-Soviet Problems -- Great Britain, France and Germany -- Security Through Arbitration -- The Problem of Disarmament -- Labour and International Organization -- New European Problems -- The End of the Second Labour Government -- VII. Socialist Ideology and Labourโ{128}{153}s Foreign Policy -- Liberal Principles and Labourโ{128}{153}s Foreign Policy -- Socialist Principles and Labourโ{128}{153}s Foreign Policy -- Ideology and Foreign Policy -- Selected Bibliography

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