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Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements

The Labour Party, Denis Healey and the International Socialist Movement

Rebuilding the Socialist International during the Cold War, 1945–1951

Authors: Costa, Ettore

  • Explores the connected histories of socialist internationalism and the British Labour party in the years preceding the Cold War
  • Charts the changing nature of the socialist parties that comprised the provisional Socialist International in 1946 up until its official rebirth in 1951
  • Shows how international contact and exchange between socialist parties promoted social democracy across Europe
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This book describes how, after the Second World War, the Labour Party assumed leadership of the International Socialist Movement, thanks to the achievements of the Attlee Government. International Secretary Denis Healey guided the reconstruction of the Socialist International through the early Cold War, making the British vision for socialist internationalism prevail over the French and Belgian. At first, the provisional Socialist International (International Socialist Conference and Comisco) supported cohabitation with pro-communist socialists and the USSR, but with the Sovietisation of Eastern Europe it committed to militant anti-communism. Ambiguity between the Labour Party and Labour Government influenced British policy in Austria, Czechoslovakia, Greece, Italy and Poland, while the characterization and stereotypes of Eastern and Southern Europe shaped the language and actions of the British. Furthermore, the book shows how international contacts and the British and Swedish model encouraged the transition of socialist parties to responsible government parties fully embracing Western democracy and prepared the ideological revision of the 1950s.

About the authors

Ettore Costa received his PhD at the University of Rome, La Sapienza, Italy. For this research he received the Doctoral Dissertation Award and Medal of the Speaker of the Senate from Fondazione Spadolini Nuova Antologia, and the Minerva Award from Fondazione La Sapienza.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Costa, Ettore

    Pages 1-19

  • From the Old International to the New Internationalism (1940–45)

    Costa, Ettore

    Pages 21-48

  • Parties and People, the Labour Party and the International Socialist Network

    Costa, Ettore

    Pages 49-94

  • The Labour Party and Eastern Europe, Social Democracy Behind the Iron Curtain

    Costa, Ettore

    Pages 95-135

  • The Institutional Development, from the International Socialist Conference to Comisco (1946–48)

    Costa, Ettore

    Pages 137-174

Buy this book

eBook £71.50
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-77347-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £89.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-77346-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Labour Party, Denis Healey and the International Socialist Movement
Book Subtitle
Rebuilding the Socialist International during the Cold War, 1945–1951
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Social Movements
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-77347-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-77347-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-77346-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 333
Number of Illustrations
1 illustrations in colour
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