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Conclusion: Beyond Liberal Internationalism


The contributors to this special issue have taken up the challenge of reconsidering some of the fundamental assumptions that have traditionally underpinned the history of internationalism. In doing so their articles (some more explicitly than others) have addressed two central questions: who were the internationalists and where was internationalism taking place? The answers to these questions seem deceptively simple. However, as the articles in this issue have demonstrated, agents of internationalism are as diverse in age, gender and social status as the fields in which they operate.

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Paul Weindling , International Health Organisations and Movements, 1918–1939 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995)

Patricia Clavin , Securing the World Economy: The Reinvention of the League of Nations, 1920–1946 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)

Susan Pedersen , The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015)

Tobias Rupprecht , Soviet Internationalism after Stalin: Interaction and Exchange between the USSR and Latin America During the Cold War (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015)

Warwick Anderson , ‘Making Global Health History: The Postcolonial Worldliness of Biomedicine’, Social History of Medicine, 27, 2 (2014), 372–84

Sarah Hodges , ‘The Global Menace’, Social History of Medicine, 25, 3 (2012), 719–28

Bruce Mazlish , ‘Big History, Little Critique’, Historically Speaking, 6, 5 (2005), 43–4

Sebouh David Aslanian , Joyce E. Chaplin , Ann Margaret McGrath and Kristin Mann, ‘AHR Conversation How Size Matters: The Question of Scale in History’, American Historical Review, 118, 5 (2013), 1431–72

Elidor Mëhilli , ‘The Socialist Design: Urban Dilemmas in Postwar Europe and the Soviet Union’, Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, 13, 3 (2012): 635–65

Benjamin Tromly , ‘Brother or Other? East European Students in Soviet Higher Education Establishments, 1948–1956’, European History Quarterly, 44, 1 (2014), 80102

Rachel Applebaum , ‘The Friendship Project: Socialist Internationalism in the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia in the 1950s and 1960s’, Slavic Review, 74, 3 (Fall 2015), 484507

Paulina Bren and Mary Neuburger , eds., Communism Unwrapped: Consumption in Cold War Eastern Europe (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012)

Oscar Sanchez-Sibony , Red Globalization: The Political Economy of the Soviet Cold War from Stalin to Khrushchev (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014)

Alastair Kocho-Wiliams , Russian and Soviet Diplomacy, 1900–39 (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)

Jan Hennings , ‘World Revolution and International Diplomacy, 1900–39’, in Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, 16, 1 (2015), 204–10

See, for example, Daniel Laqua , ‘Democratic Politics and the League of Nations: The Labour and Socialist International as a Protagonist of Interwar Internationalism’, Contemporary European History, 24, 2 (2015), 175–92

Elizabeth Harvey , ‘International Networks and Cross-Border Cooperation: National Socialist Women and the Vision of a “New Order” in Europe’, Politics, Religion and Ideology, 13, 2 (2012), 141–58

See Martin Gutmann , ‘Debunking the Myth of the Volunteers: Transnational Volunteering in the Nazi Waffen-SS Officer Corps during the Second World War’, Contemporary European History, 22, 4 (2013), 585607

Holly Case , Between States: The Transylvanian Question and the European Idea during WWII (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2009)

Patrick Bernhard , ‘Hitler's Africa in the East: Italian Colonialism as a Model for German Planning in Eastern Europe’, Journal of Contemporary History, 51, 1 (2016), 6190

David Kuchenbuch , ‘Architecture and Urban Planning as Social Engineering: Selective Transfers between Germany and Sweden in the 1930s and 1940s’, Journal of Contemporary History, 51, 1 (2016), 2239

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