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British Liberal Internationalism, 1880-1930Making Progress?$
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Casper Sylvest

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780719079092

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719079092.001.0001

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Into the twentieth century

Into the twentieth century

(p.197) Chapter 6 Into the twentieth century
British Liberal Internationalism, 1880-1930

Casper Sylvest

Manchester University Press

This chapter shows how ideas and arguments emerging within the legal, philosophical and historical languages of internationalism were exploited by a new and younger generation. Lassa Oppenheim deployed the language of legal evolution to advance a moral internationalist argument. George Edward Moore's cultivation of simple truths, aesthetics and personal experience, and Bertrand Russell's search for an unpolluted rational foundation of philosophical truth, could lead to withdrawal from politics. Leonard Trelawney Hobhouse, John Atkinson Hobson and Norman Angell took on board the brighter dimensions of Herbert Spencer's evolutionary theory and its focus on the international domain. Their writings were infused with the values of Richard Cobden, John Bright and William Ewart Gladstone. George Peabody Gooch is a fitting representative of early twentieth-century liberal internationalists, their debts to a previous generation, as well as the ideological innovation they represented.

Keywords:   internationalism, Lassa Oppenheim, George Edward Moore, Bertrand Russell, Leonard Trelawney Hobhouse, John Atkinson Hobson, Norman Angell, Herbert Spencer, George Peabody Gooch, John Bright

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