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Living the Great IllusionSir Norman Angell, 1872-1967$
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Martin Ceadel

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199571161

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571161.001.0001

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Introduction: Living the Great Illusion

Introduction: Living the Great Illusion

(p.1) 1 Introduction: Living the Great Illusion
Living the Great Illusion

Martin Ceadel (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter explains the senses in which Angell lived the great illusion. It provides an overview of Angell's long and varied life, emphasizing not only his idealism and charm but also his capacity for muddle and misinformation. It notes how an ambiguity in The Great Illusion caused him to oscillate in a confused fashion between pro-defence and pacifist views before wiping the latter from his mind during the Second World War. It also establishes his true date of birth and baptismal name, shows how problems with his personal papers have defeated previous biographers, and surveys what has already been written about him.

Keywords:   muddle, misinformation, date of birth, baptismal name, papers

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