By Gaynor Johnson

Lawyer, flesh presser, diplomat and best architect of the League of countries; Robert Cecil, 1st Viscount Cecil of Chelwood, used to be certainly one of Britain's most important statesmen of the 20 th century. His perspectives on overseas international relations hide crucial points of British, ecu and American international coverage matters of the century, together with the origins and results of the 2 international wars, the disarmament stream, the origins and early process the chilly conflict and the 1st steps in the direction of eu integration. His adventure of the 1st global battle and the massive dying it entailed provoked Cecil to spend his existence championing the ethos at the back of and paintings of the League of countries: a job for which he used to be presented the Nobel Peace Prize in 1937. but regardless of his prominence within the foreign peace flow, Cecil hasn't ever been the point of interest of an instructional biography.

Cecil has might be been judged unfairly because of his organization with the League of countries, which has seeing that been more often than not considered as a failure. even though, fresh educational learn has highlighted the contribution of the League to the production of some of the associations and precepts that experience, because the moment international warfare, turn into authorised components of the foreign approach, now not least the United countries. specifically, Cecil and his paintings on fingers keep an eye on lay the foundation for figuring out this new sector of foreign job, which might undergo fruit in the course of the chilly warfare and after.

Through an review of Cecil's political profession, the publication additionally assesses his popularity as an idealist and the level to which he had a coherent philosophy of diplomacy. This ebook means that actually Cecil was once a Realpolitiker pragmatist whose attitudes advanced in the course of key classes: the interwar interval and the chilly conflict. It additionally proposes that the place a coherent philosophy used to be in proof, it owed as a lot to the ethical and political code of the Cecil kinfolk as to his personal reports in politics. Cecil's social and familial international is for this reason thought of along his extra public life.

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