Norman Angell and His French Contemporaries, 1905–1914

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On the occasion of the Centenary of the publication of Norman
Angell’s The Great Illusion, this article explores the extent to which
Angell was influenced by his French contemporaries. He was living
in France for the ten years previous to the book’s publication and
working as a newspaper editor and commentator. The main currents
of French political thinking of that period are explored. The
main conclusion reached is that Angell had little impact on French
thinking at the time and it had not much on him. But it is argued
that the reasons for this seeming mutual ignorance had profound
effects on the development of thinking about international relations
before 1914 and continue to haunt the way we think about
IR in the “Anglo–Saxon” countries and in France itself.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)574 - 592
Number of pages19
JournalDiplomacy and Statecraft
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010


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