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Semi-Detached Idealists: The British Peace Movement and International Relations, 1854-1945

Martin Ceadel


Britain's semi-detached geographical position has helped to give it the world's strongest peace movement. Secure enough from invasions to be influenced by an idealistic approach to international relations, yet too close to the Continent for isolationism to be an option, the country has provided favourable conditions for those aspiring not merely to prevent war but to abolish it. The period from the Crimean War to World War II marked the British peace movement's age of maturity. In 1854, it was obliged for the first time to contest a decision — and moreover a highly popular one — to enter war. ... More

Keywords: international relations, isolationism, Crimean War, World War II, Britain, peace movement, Peace Society, No-Conscription Fellowship, Fellowship of Reconciliation, League of Nations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780199241170
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199241170.001.0001


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Martin Ceadel, author
New College, Oxford
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