By Rhiannon Vickers

This is often the 1st booklet in a two-volume set that appears on the international coverage of the Labour social gathering in the course of the twentieth century, and into the early years of the hot millennium. those books rectify the shortage of literature on either the political ideology and background of Labour's overseas coverage. via an in-depth political historical past of Labour's overseas coverage within the first 1/2 the 20 th century this primary quantity produces a brand new theorization of the character of the party's overseas coverage. It demonstrates that from its inception, the Labour occasion has been deeply excited about and attracted to overseas affairs. The publication additionally exhibits essentially that Labour has supplied a massive contribution to the advance of overseas coverage in Britain.

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First, it was marked by the British position in the world, and of the British way of doing things as a world leader. However, this was during the period of the end of Britain’s world-wide predominance and the age of ‘Pax Britannica’. This affected Labour’s view of Britain’s role in the world. Second, the Labour Party emerged relatively late compared with some of its European counterparts, and it was made up of an amalgam of different groupings (within which the trade unions were dominant in terms of numbers of members, finances and political impact, but were under-represented on the core executive) and was without a clear political ideology.

20. 19 It was originally formed in 1881 as the Democratic Federation, but reconstituted and renamed in 1884 to emphasise its increased socialist emphasis. William Morris left the SDF in December 1884 to form another organisation, the Socialist League, which initially comprised of a semi-anarchist wing under Morris, and a Marxist wing led by Engels. Vic01 10/15/03 30 2:09 PM Page 30 THE LABOUR PARTY AND THE WORLD 20 See David Howell, British Workers and the Independent Labour Party 1888–1906 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1983).

A. J. P. ’41 The UDC joined the Labour Party, but members such as E. D. Morel and Arthur Ponsonby had entered the party ‘mainly because it gave a hearing to their ideas on foreign policy. ’43 These radical Liberals believed in the extension of national law to the international arena and the operation of international organisations, with many of them calling for a League of Nations. Foreign policy should not be pursued by individual states, aiming at creating alliances for the purpose of maintaining a balance of power, but through a supranational body with the capability of securing international agreements.

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