Anti-Imperialism and Nostalgia : a Re-Assessment of the History and Historiography of the League Against Imperialism

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List of Authors: Fredrik Petersson
Editors: Holger Weiss
Place: Leiden, Boston
Publication year: 2017
Publisher: Brill
Book title: International Communism and Transnational Solidarity : Radical Networks, Mass Movements and Global Politics, 1919-1939
Title of series: Studies in Global Social History
Volume number: 26
Start page: 191
End page: 255
ISBN: 9789004324817
eISBN: 9789004324824
ISSN: 1874-6705


This book provides an analysis of the articulation and organisation of radical international solidarity by organisations that were either connected to or had been established by the Communist International (Comintern), such as the International Red Aid, the International Workers’ Relief, the League Against Imperialism, the International of Seamen and Harbour Workers and the International Trade Union Committee of Negro Workers. The guiding light of these organisations was a radical interpretation of international solidarity, usually in combination with concepts and visions of gender, race and class as well as anti-capitalism, anti-imperialism, anti-colonialism and anti-fascism. All of these new transnational networks form a controversial part of the contemporary history of international organisations. Like the Comintern these international organisations had an ambigious character that does not fit nicely into the traditional typologies of international organisations as they were neither international governmental organisations nor international non-governmental organisations. They constituted a radical continuation of the pre-First World War Left and exemplified an attempt to implement the ideas and movements of a new type of radical international solidarity not only in Europe, but on a global scale.

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