Call for contributions – special issue of Socialist History on: The British Labour Movement and Internationalism

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Call for Publications
September 30, 2019
Subject Fields: 
British History / Studies, Contemporary History, Labor History / Studies, Political History / Studies

Call for contributions – special issue of Socialist History on:

The British Labour Movement and Internationalism

In this era of Brexit, the British Labour Party and the wider labour movement face the twin challenges of globalised capitalism on the one hand, and an upsurge in backward-looking  nationalism on the other. Siren voices call on Labour to embrace one side or the other. In this context it seems more necessary than ever to re-examine the internationalist tradition within British labour and democratic movements over the preceding two centuries. Socialist History, the journal of the Socialist History Society, is planning a special issue, to appear in spring 2020, on ‘the British Labour Movement and Internationalism’. This issue will be guest-edited by Duncan Bowie, and we are seeking contributions of between 6000 and 10000 words on any aspects of British Labour and Internationalism in historical perspective.

Themes for contributions may include, but are not limited to:
Nationalism and internationalism within the British labour movement
The British labour movement and national identity
British Jacobins and the French Revolution
Chartist Internationalism   
British trade unionists and republican exiles in the 1850s to 1870s
British radicals and socialists and international peace movements 
ILP, SDF and the Second International pre WW1
British socialists and the second and third internationals in the inter-war period
British socialists and communists and anti-fascism in the 1930s  
British Labour, the reconstitution of the Labour and socialist International and the Cold War
British socialists and decolonisation/pan-Africanism
Labour and the European Union/European socialism
British socialists and the rise of the right in Europe and beyond in the 2010s: lessons from the past
British socialists and international solidarity, women’s or youth movements


Proposals for contributions, in the form of a synopsis of no more than 500 words, should be sent to Duncan Bowie on by 30 September 2019. For details about Socialist History and its submission guidelines, please visit our webpage on Please note that articles in Socialist History are refereed before publication, and that acceptance of a proposal does not imply any automatic undertaking to publish the ensuing article.

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Francis King, editor, Socialist History, School of History, UEA, Norwich, NR4 7TJ, UK

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