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Introduction

Casper Sylvest

in British Liberal Internationalism, 1880-1930

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780719079092
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781703151 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719079092.003.0001
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This book addresses the assumption that the historiography of International Relations (IR) and (British) intellectual history needs to be integrated, arguing that liberal internationalism is best conceptualised as an ideology focused on encouraging progress, sowing order and enacting justice in international affairs. It shows how liberal internationalism travelled into the twentieth century. The chapter then brings the insights of British intellectual history to bear on British international thought and to supply IR with a more sophisticated understanding of its own intellectual roots. Michael Freeden's approach provides tools for understanding how different versions of the same ideology coexist and change over time, and enables a differentiation of contexts or ‘languages’ in which liberal internationalism was promulgated by ideological agents. The book deploys a contextualist approach to the study of liberal internationalist ideology in Britain between 1880 and 1930. This chapter provides an overview of the chapters included in the book.

Keywords: liberal internationalism; International Relations; British intellectual history; Michael Freeden; liberal internationalist ideology; Britain; historiography; international affairs

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Subjects: Political Theory

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