Call for Papers

Special Issue of Socialist History on: The British Labour Movement and Internationalism

5th Jul 2019

Call for contributions – special issue of Socialist History on:
The British Labour Movement and Internationalism

In this era of Brexit, the British Labour Party and the wider labour movement face the twin challenges of globalised capitalism on the one hand, and an upsurge in backward-looking  nationalism on the other. Siren voices call on Labour to embrace one side or the other. In this context it seems more necessary than ever to re-examine the internationalist tradition within British labour and democratic movements over the preceding two centuries.Socialist History, the journal of the Socialist History Society, is planning a special issue, to appear in spring 2020, on ‘the British Labour Movement and Internationalism’. This issue will be guest-edited by Duncan Bowie, and we are seeking contributions of between 6000 and 10000 words on any aspects of British Labour and Internationalism in historical perspective.

Themes for contributions may include, but are not limited to:

Nationalism and internationalism within the British labour movement

The British labour movement and national identity

British Jacobins and the French Revolution

Chartist Internationalism

British trade unionists and republican exiles in the 1850s to 1870s

British radicals and socialists and international peace movements

ILP, SDF and the Second International pre WW1

British socialists and the second and third internationals in the inter-war period

British socialists and communists and anti-fascism in the 1930s


British Labour, the reconstitution of the Labour and socialist International and the Cold War

British socialists and decolonisation/pan-Africanism

Labour and the European Union/European socialism

British socialists and the rise of the right in Europe and beyond in the 2010s: lessons from the past

British socialists and international solidarity, women’s or youth movements

Proposals for contributions, in the form of a synopsis of no more than 500 words, should be sent to Duncan Bowie on

by 30 September 2019. For details about
Socialist History and its submission guidelines, please visit our webpage on

. Please note that articles in
Socialist History are refereed before publication, and that acceptance of a proposal does not imply any automatic undertaking to publish the ensuing article.