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“Peace with a capital P”: The spectre of communism and competing notions of “peace” in Britain, 1949-1960

Barnett, NJ and Smith, E (2017) “Peace with a capital P”: The spectre of communism and competing notions of “peace” in Britain, 1949-1960. Labour History Review, 82 (1). pp. 51-76. ISSN 1745-8188

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This article is concerned with different factions within the British peace movement during the 1950s and early 1960s, each of which gave the word ‘peace’ a different meaning. We argue that the movement was made up of several, often contradictory sections, and despite attempts by groups like the Peace Pledge Union to distance themselves from the communist controlled British Peace Committee, popular perceptions were tainted by association with communism until the mid-1950s. Following the onset of the H-bomb era, this taint lessened as people began to fear the destructiveness of hydrogen weapons. When the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament formed in 1958 it became the predominant British organization opposed to nuclear weapons and achieved popularity because it limited its objective to nuclear disarmament whereas the Peace Pledge Union demanded the condemnation of all war.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2202 History And Philosophy Of Specific Fields
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2015 13:52
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2022 09:30
DOI or ID number: 10.3828/lhr.2017.3
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1831
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