By Rhiannon Vickers

This is often the 1st ebook in a two-volume set that appears on the international coverage of the Labour celebration during the twentieth century, and into the early years of the hot millennium. those books rectify the lack of literature on either the political ideology and historical past of Labour's overseas coverage. via an in-depth political heritage of Labour's international coverage within the first half the 20th century this primary quantity produces a brand new theorization of the character of the party's international coverage. It demonstrates that from its inception, the Labour celebration has been deeply taken with and attracted to foreign affairs. The publication additionally indicates truly that Labour has supplied an enormous contribution to the improvement of international coverage in Britain.

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34 Hyndman also supported the campaigned for Irish Home Rule. He was unusual on the left in Britain in that he had started off as a Conservative radical and was strongly anti-Liberal. 35 The British Socialist Party split during the First World War, when the more nationalistic faction led by Hyndman broke away to form the National Socialist Party. 36 While the SDF and then the British Socialist Party remained relatively small organisations, Marxism and Marxists to the left of the main political Labour Party grouping continued to have a massive impact on it.

8 Hardie visited India as part of his world tour of 1907, publishing his impressions of British rule in the ILP’s journal, the Labour Leader, and then in collected form in 1909 as India: Impressions and Suggestions. His criticisms were widely read and raised awareness of the less positive aspects of British rule in India. 9 Ramsay MacDonald visited India in 1909, and published his findings as The Awakening of India, the following year. ’10 In 1912, MacDonald was part of a royal commission sent to investigate the Indian public services.

Morgan and A. J. P. Taylor note that its leader, Keir Hardie, took an independent line on social questions from the moment he entered parliament in 1892, ‘But he kept quiet about foreign affairs until driven to explosion by the Boer war’. 7 Despite this, the ILP was influential over issues of foreign policy in the early years through the role played by its leaders Keir Hardie and Ramsey MacDonald. MacDonald visited South Africa in 1902 shortly after the end of the Boer War, writing of the devastation that he saw in a series of articles for the Echo and the Leicester Pioneer.

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