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The British Labour Party and the Wider World Domestic Politics, Internationalism and Foreign Policy by Paul Corthorn, Jonathan Davis

The British Labour Party and the Wider World Domestic Politics, Internationalism and Foreign Policy


Part of the International Library of Political Studies Series


The British Labour Party and the Wider World Domestic Politics, Internationalism and Foreign Policy by Paul Corthorn, Jonathan Davis

The legacy of Blair and the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan continue to loom large for the Labour Party, whether in opposition or in government, giving rise to fierce debates over Labour's attitude and posture towards the wider world. This book considers the idea of Labour's international identity, examining how world events and Labour's response to them have helped to shape ideology, political culture and domestic agendas from the 1920s until the Iraq War. It provides a fascinating and original exploration of Labour both on the world stage and at home - from the influence of the Soviet Union on political thought in the interwar years to the international student revolts of the 1960s, and from media in the 1990s to Kosovo and New Labour Interventionism. This is essential reading for scholars of modern British politics, as well as anyone interested in the motivations and influences behind the Labour Party's actions on the world stage.


'A major contribution to the literature...the quality of each contribution is consistently excellent. The volume includes established scholars such as John Shepherd and John Callaghan but also younger scholars such as the editors and Robert Crowcroft. In every case, the contributors are writing in authoritative way backed up by pioneering research. The book is extremely timely coming as it does in a period when Labour's foreign policy has been intensely debated in the wake of the Iraq War. The book... is more than a historical study... but also a useful intervention in the political debates of our time.' - Rohan McWilliam, Senior Lecturer in British and American History, Anglia Ruskin University; 'This excellent volume of essays succeeds in raising a number of important historical themes, while providing a clear and concise rationale behind Labour's sometimes contradictory, occasionally inexplicable, interaction with the world - this book makes a valuable contribution towards our understanding of the Labour Party's evolution and will therefore prove an invaluable resource for any researcher, student or general reader, who wishes to expand their understanding of Labour and the wider world.' - The Labour History Review'

About the Author

Paul Corthorn is Lecturer in Modern British History at Queen's University, Belfast, having taught previously at the University College, Oxford. He is the author of 'In the Shadow of the Dictators' (I.B.Tauris). Jonathan Davis is Lecturer in Russian and Soviet History at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

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Publication date

30th April 2012


Paul Corthorn, Jonathan Davis

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I.B.Tauris an imprint of I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.


288 pages


Political parties
International relations



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