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The British People and the League of NationsDemocracy, Citizenship and Internationalism, c. 1918–45$
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Helen McCarthy

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780719086168

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719086168.001.0001

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Enlightened patriots: League, empire, nation

Enlightened patriots: League, empire, nation

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The British People and the League of Nations

Helen McCarthy

Manchester University Press

This chapter presents an analysis of the movement's popular base by examining how the supporters of the League of Nations Union (LNU) positioned their cause in relation to interwar pacifism, popular militarism and imperialism. It specifically describes how the LNU's desire to create enlightened patriots out of Britons had implications which stretched beyond the classroom and lecture-hall and involved the careful positioning of the movement's liberal-internationalist values in relation to three major currents within interwar political culture: pacifism, militarism and imperialism. The League became a powerful symbol for post-war conciliation and exuded a ready appeal to the pacifically minded. The principles standing at the heart of the LNU's ‘enlightened patriotism’ helped to reshape British people's understanding of their nation's relationship with the rest of the world. The chapter then turns to explore how far the LNU's enlightened patriots were equally zealous imperialists. LNU leaders accepted the limited legal and institutional framework of the League.

Keywords:   League of Nations Union, interwar political culture, pacifism, popular militarism, imperialism, enlightened patriotism, enlightened patriots

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