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New Labour and the new world order : Britain's role in the war on terror /
Steven Kettell.
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Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed in the United States exclusively by Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
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vii, 200 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
071908136X (hbk.), 9780719081361 (hbk.)
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imprint
Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed in the United States exclusively by Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
isbn
071908136X (hbk.)
9780719081361 (hbk.)
catalogue key
7790959
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 185-195) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Steven Kettell is an Associate Professor in Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2012-03-01:
Kettell (Univ. of Warwick, UK) provides a comprehensive yet relatively brief analysis of the development of the UK's participation in the War on Terror. It is an analysis that does not portray the leadership of the Labour Party in a particularly positive light. However, Kettell provides a compelling argument based upon extensive reference to the actions, pronouncements, and written documents by the wide range of Labour leadership under the Blair and Brown premierships. In particular, Kettell traces the way in which the initial desires of Labour leaders to develop a more activist international role for Britain caused them to be predisposed both to enhancing the relationship with the US and later taking an active role in democratizing the world. He then traces the way in which this initial position predisposed British leaders to uncritically accept the more problematic aspects of the War on Terror. In addition, Kettell highlights the manner in which Labour politicians attempted to manipulate the War on Terror for domestic political gain. Summing Up: Recommended. Undergraduate collections, all levels, and above. C. W. Herrick Muhlenberg College
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The war on terror has shaped and defined the first decade of the 21st century, yet analyses of Britain's involvement remain limited and fragmentary. This text provides a comprehensive, detailed and critical analysis of these developments.
Main Description
The 'war on terror' has shaped and defined the first decade of the twenty-first century. Launched by the United States in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the declared objective of the campaign was to deal with the threat posed by a confluence of rogue states, international terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. The underlying dynamics, however, were conditioned by a shift in the US towards a new imperialist strategy of global reordering that had been set in train since the end of the Cold War In this endeavour, the administrations of George W. Bush enjoyed staunch support from a New Labour government keen to elevate Britain's influence in international affairs. This included British participation in the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, support for extra-legal measures taken by the US and a diminution of civil liberties through punitive, anti-terror legislation. Ostensibly set within a political framework of promoting humanitarian values, the government's conduct in the war on terror has been largely counter-productive. Having eroded trust between citizenry and state, put the armed forces under increasing strain, undermined social cohesion, reduced Britain's global position, and exacerbated the threat from radical islamic terrorism both at home and abroad, the consequences will be felt for many years to come. This book will be of interest to teachers and scholars of British foreign policy, international relations and security studies. It will also appeal to anyone interested in Britain's role in the War on terror. Book jacket.
Main Description
The war on terror has shaped and defined the first decade of the twenty-first century, yet analyses of Britain's involvement remain limited and fragmentary. This book provides a comprehensive analysis of these developments. It argues that New Labour's support for a militaristic campaign was driven by a desire to elevate Britain's influence on the world stage, and to assist the United States in a new imperialist project of global reordering. Ostensibly set within a political framework of promoting humanitarian values, the government#146;s conduct in the war on terror also proved to be largely counter-productive, eroding trust between the citizenry and the state, putting the armed forces under increasing strain and ultimately exacerbating the threat from radical Islamic terrorism. This book will be of interest to teachers and scholars of British foreign policy, international relations and security studies. It will also appeal to anyone interested in Britain#146;s role in the war on terror.
Main Description
The war on terror has shaped and defined the first decade of the twenty-first century, yet analyses of Britain's involvement remain limited and fragmentary. This book provides a comprehensive analysis of these developments. It argues that New Labour's support for a militaristic campaign was driven by a desire to elevate Britain's influence on the world stage, and to assist the United States in a new imperialist project of global reordering. Ostensibly set within a political framework of promoting humanitarian values, the government's conduct in the war on terror also proved to be largely counter-productive, eroding trust between the citizenry and the state, putting the armed forces under increasing strain and ultimately exacerbating the threat from radical Islamic terrorism. This book will be of interest to teachers and scholars of British foreign policy, international relations and security studies. It will also appeal to anyone interested in Britain's role in the war on terror.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. vi
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Old and newp. 6
Barbarians at the gatesp. 25
Chaosp. 45
Above the lawp. 71
A-roadwell travelledp. 95
Brown's warp. 120
Elysian fieldsp. 146
Decline and fallp. 172
Referencesp. 185
Indexp. 196
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