Following Britain's - and specifically the Blair Government's - decision to support the United States in the war against Iraq, much has been written about the Labour party's international posture and perspectives. Yet very little serious academic analysis of Labour's stance towards the wider world has taken place among specialists. "The British Labour Party and the Wider World" examines how throughout the twentieth century Labour's international policies have been influenced by domestic politics, and how in turn world events and Labour's response to them have helped to change the party's ideology, political culture and domestic agenda from the 1920s up to the Iraq War. This is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the motivations and influences behind the Labour Party's actions on the world stage, as well as students and researchers of British politics.
Paul Corthorn is Lecturer in Modern British History at University College, Oxford. He is the author of 'In the Shadow of the Dictators: The British Left in the 1930s' (I.B.Tauris, 2006). Jonathan Davis is Lecturer in Russian and Soviet History at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.