Against the Bomb: The British Peace Movement 1958-1965

Against the Bomb: The British Peace Movement 1958-1965

by Richard Taylor, Taylor
     
 

One of the largest, and arguably one of the most significant, extra-parliamentary movements ever seen in modern Britain was the nuclear disarmament movement of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Comprising anarchists, communists, and Trotskyists, as well as Christians, liberals, and members of the Labour Party, the movement provided its members with a means to

Overview

One of the largest, and arguably one of the most significant, extra-parliamentary movements ever seen in modern Britain was the nuclear disarmament movement of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Comprising anarchists, communists, and Trotskyists, as well as Christians, liberals, and members of the Labour Party, the movement provided its members with a means to articulate their growing fear and anxiety about the seemingly inexorable arms race and the horror of nuclear war. Analyzing a wealth of historical data, this is the first comprehensive study of the disarmament movement to offer the previously unrecorded views of 20 of its leaders.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Taylor has succeeded extremely well in writing a critical, dispassionate analysis of the movement's rise and decline up to 1965....His book is a major addition to our knowledge of recent British history."—Albion

"Likely to be accepted as an authoritative guide to the character, dynamics, and internal debates of this important extra-parliamentary movement."—International History Review

"Well written and nonpolemical....Will mostly interest specialists in British left-wing politics and protest movements."—Choice

"[This book] contains interesting and illuminating discussions of the moral foundations and political assumptions of a number of groups that formed the crazy-quilt ideological tangle of the British Left furing the period. It effectively illustrates the maddening propensity of such bodies to dig themselves into politically untenable positions."—American Historical Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198275374
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.81(h) x 1.11(d)
Lexile:
1550L (what's this?)

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University of Leeds

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