Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1988.
Book — 368 p. ; 23 cm.
Part 1 The mainstream: CND in embryo - the National Council Against Nuclear Weapons Tests-- formation and advance - the early years of CND, 1958-1960-- problems and decline - CND 1961-1965.
Part 2 The radicals: the Direct Action Committee - Gandhian pacifism and the nuclear issue-- the Committee of
100 - mass civil disobedience, radical politics and the peace movement.
Part 3 The Socialist dimension: the Labour movement and the peace issue, 1957-1964-- Marxists and nuclear disarmament-- postscript - nuclear protest and radical change. Bibliography. Index.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
The nuclear disarmament movement of the late '50s and early '60s was one of the largest and arguably one of the most significant, extra-parliamentary movements ever seen in modern Britain. A whole new style and conception of politics was born through this first anti-nuclear movement, and the subsequent radicalism of the '60s and '70s has its roots here. The movement was extraordinarily diverse and rich in its constituencies of support and complex in its ideological make-up. Thus anarchists, communists, and Trotskyists rubbed shoulders with Christians, liberals, members of the Labour party, and 'ordinary apolitical people', most of whom found in the movement a means by which they could articulate their growing fear and anxiety about the seemingly inexorable arms race, and the horror of nuclear war. Dr Taylor analyses the perceptions of these groups in detail and explains how and why they differed. This is the first comprehensive study of the movement to make use of a wide range of contemporary material, and the first to present in detail the previously unrecorded views and analyses of more than twenty of the leading figures of the movement some twenty-five years on. Although he provides a wealth of historical detail, Dr Taylor's approach is primarily political and analytical, and his examination of this first mass movement of its kind will be relevant to all those concerned about nuclear proliferation, as well as to courses in politics, sociology, modern history and peace studies. (source: Nielsen Book Data)