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Henry Noel Brailsford’s Radical International Relations Theory

LAMB, Peter (2011) Henry Noel Brailsford’s Radical International Relations Theory. International Relations, 25 (4). pp. 479-498. ISSN 0047-1178

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Compared with some of his contemporaries Brailsford is relatively neglected today. He offered incisive analysis of the international relations of his times, discussing political and economic aspects together. He grounded his contributions upon a view of human nature that drew on the ideas of Godwin, Shelley and Condorcet. A cosmopolitan, socialist political philosophy also underpinned his work. Brailsford was sharply critical of balance-of-power theory, which served to veil the actual intentions of statesman and the capitalist entrepreneurs whose policies they benefited. He was also critical, like Laski, of sovereignty theory which masked the dominance of capitalist interests in the modern state and international system. Over several decades these aspects of his work contributed to his proposals for a radical league of nations. His work will be of interest to IR scholars today.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L200 Politics
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Arts and Creative Technologies > Journalism, Humanities and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Peter LAMB
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2013 10:39
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2013 13:52
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/826

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