Journalist, thinker, and Labour Party politician Sir Ralph Norman Angell played a key role in defining his party's anti-interventionist ethos in the early decades of the twentieth century. In The Great Illusion, he puts forth a convincing argument calling for the end of the military mindset in Europe, based on the assertion that economic interdependence on the continent had made the prospect of war increasingly untenable.
British journalist, politician, world traveler and polymath Sir Ralph Norman Angell was a close follower of world events. This insightful volume takes an in-depth look at the Balkan conflicts of the early twentieth century and analyzes their impact on the global geopolitical balance of power, as well as relating the aftermath of the war to larger ideas about peace and detente.
Norman Angell's 1910 work The Great Illusion proved to be a major breakthrough in twentieth-century geopolitical thinking, although its central argument that global conflict was increasingly unlikely because of its mutually deleterious consequences was called into question by two world wars. In the sequel The Fruits of Victory, Angell expands his thesis to incorporate lessons learned from World War I.
First published in 1909, The Great Illusion sets out to answer one of the greatest questions in human history: Why is there war? Specifically, Angell wishes to discuss why there is war between the countries of Europe, which seem to always be at one another's throats. Angell refutes the belief that military power results in greater wealth and instead proposes that advanced economies based on trade and contract law can only generate value in the absence of military upset. War destroys any wealth that conquerors may have wanted to obtain, making the whole enterprise pointless. A deep understanding of this would, then, end the need for war. Students of history, political science, and peace studies will find much to ponder and much to argue with in this classic text. British journalist and politician SIR RALPH NORMAN ANGELL (1872-1967) was an executive for the World Committee against War and Fascism and a member of the executive committee of the League of Nations Union. Knighted in 1931, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1933. From 1905 to 1912, he was the Paris editor for the Daily Mail, and served as a Labour MP from 1929 to 1931. He is also the author of Peace Theories and the Balkan War and The Fruits of Victory.
With Eastern Europe a political powder keg in the early years of the 20th century, this plea for reasoned pacifism-first published in 1912-seems entirely prescient in hindsight, with our foreknowledge of the dreadful war to engulf the continent two years later. A classic of political theory, Peace Theories and the Balkan War discusses: . the inadequacies of the terms "war" and "peace" . the economic motives for war . the impossibility of separating the moral and the material . the danger of war to be found in its illusions . war and religion . and much more. British journalist and politician SIR RALPH NORMAN ANGELL (1872-1967) was an executive for the World Committee against War and Fascism and a member of the executive committee of the League of Nations Union. Knighted in 1931, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1933. From 1905 to 1912, he was the Paris editor for the Daily Mail, and served as a Labour MP from 1929 to 1931. He is also the author of The Fruits of Victory.