The British Peace Movement and International Relations
'Ceadel's terminological exactitude is just one more reason why nobody does it better. Semi-Detached is how it can and should be done in the field of peace studies. It is also about as good as the academy gets.' -Political Studies
'Martin Ceadel's status as the pre-eminent historiographer and student of peace politics is confirmed by this latest offering. Bringing together research and writing conducted over three decades, Semi-Detached considers the peace movement's 'age of maturity' (ie. Crimean War to World War Two) in a painstaking and graceful fashion. Ceadel appreciates detail like Sherlock Holmes.' -Political Studies
'Ceadel's solid no-nonsense recounting of peace movement activities in the years leading up to the Second World War provides a unique perspective on the familiar events of that grim decade... Every student of the British peace movement and its ancillary groups and bodies of opinion must become familiar with this study.' -British Politics Group Newsletter
'Martin Ceadel's history of peace organisations in Britain from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century is the most complete that we have, or are likely to have for a long time.' -British Politics Group Newsletter
'Thorough and comprehensive... cogently argued... Ceadel's painstaking and meticulous archival research and his thorough grasp of the contemporary pamphlet literature enable him to delineate the various ideological strands within the peace movement.' -T. G. Otte, Times Literary Supplement
'Ceadel's careful sifting of the various strands of religious, political, and humanitarian conviction and witness during the inter-war period makes for especially compelling reading. His assessments of the social and political impact of both organisations and individuals are precise and wholly convincing. There is much crucial insight here for contemporary peace activists.' -The FriendBuilding on his previous authoritative work on the British peace movement, Ceadel has produced a definitive historical analysis of its era of maturity - from the Crimean War to the Second World War. His book includes a discussion of the previously neglected late nineteenth century, an account of the movement's most influential period, the late 1920s and early 1930s, and an analysis of opposition to both world wars. Based on primary as well as secondary sources, it locates its subject both in the context of British domestic politics and in the idealist tradition of thinking about international relations.