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Living the Great IllusionSir Norman Angell, 1872-1967$
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Martin Ceadel

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199571161

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571161.001.0001

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Attempting Neutrality, Achieving Notoriety: July–December 1914

Attempting Neutrality, Achieving Notoriety: July–December 1914

(p.153) 5 Attempting Neutrality, Achieving Notoriety: July–December 1914
Living the Great Illusion

Martin Ceadel (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter shows how Angell sacrificed his considerable popularity by first urging British neutrality towards the European conflict and then co-founding the Union of Democratic Control. He soon came to regret these controversial moves, but after a period of hesitation decided he could not disavow them. No longer in great demand for lectures and articles, he wrote several longer works, in the course of which he revised his thinking, embracing liberal internationalism and a league of nations, while trying not to be disloyal to the radical isolationism of the Union of Democratic Control. To improve his tarnished image he declared his support for the war effort and briefly undertook ambulance work in France.

Keywords:   neutrality, Union of Democratic Control, radical isolationism, liberal internationalism, ambulance

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