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The British Parliament and Foreign Policy in the Twentieth Century

ISBN: 978-1-119-26017-2
88 pages
March 2016, Wiley-Blackwell
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The British Parliament and Foreign Policy in the 20th Century explores the ways in which parliaments in Britain and internationally have affected and democratized foreign policy since World War I.

  • Includes six essays by expert historians on the positive and negative implications of increased parliamentary involvement in foreign policy
  • Considers a broad range of topics, such as increased participation by MPs, parliamentary procedure, extra-parliamentary networks, constitutional changes, and the rise of transnationalisation
  • Discusses minority protection under the League of Nations, the atomic question in the aftermath of World War II, the Falklands War, parliamentary debates during the Iraq War, and relationships between the UK and European Parliaments
  • Makes use of new data from analysis of parliamentary debates, archival sources, and media accounts
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Author Information

Pasi Ihalainen is Professor of Comparative European History at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. His research focuses on the secularization of the concept of the political party, the modernization of national identities, and the redefinition of democracy and parliamentarism in the eighteenth and early twentieth centuries. His books include The Discourse on Political Pluralism in Early Eighteenth-Century England (1999), Protestant Nations Redefined (2005), Agents of the People (2010), and the co-edited volumes Scandinavia in the Age of Revolution (2011), Language Policies in Finland and Sweden (2015), and Parliament and Parliamentarism: A Comparative History of a European Concept (2016).

Satu Matikainen is Departmental Coordinator at the Department of History and Ethnology at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. She has published several articles and a monograph on the history of minorities, parliamentary history, and 20th-century international history. She is the co-editor of Small Nations on the Borderlines of Great Powers (2013).

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