This book explores the development, character, and legacy of the ideology of liberal internationalism in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain.
Liberal internationalism provided a powerful way of theorising and imagining international relations, and it dominated well-informed political discourse at a time when Britain was the most powerful country in the world.
Its proponents focused on securing progress, generating order and enacting justice in international affairs.
Liberal internationalism united a diverse group of intellectuals and public figures, and it left a lasting legacy in the twentieth century.
This book elucidates the roots, trajectory, and diversity of liberal internationalism, focusing in particular on three intellectual languages - international law, philosophy and history - through which it was promulgated.
Finally, it traces the impact of these ideas across the defining moment of the First World War.
The liberal internationalist vision of the late-nineteenth century remained popular well into the twentieth century and forms an important backdrop to the development of the academic study of International Relations in Britain. -- .