European Nuclear Disarmament: a study of transnational social movement strategy

Burke, P.D.M. 2004. European Nuclear Disarmament: a study of transnational social movement strategy. PhD thesis University of Westminster School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages

TitleEuropean Nuclear Disarmament: a study of transnational social movement strategy
TypePhD thesis
AuthorsBurke, P.D.M.
Abstract

This thesis is a study of an attempt to help create a transnational movement

against the nuclear arms race and the Cold War in the 1980s. The attempt began

with the drafting and launch of the Appeal for European Nuclear Disarmament in

early 1980. The thesis describes and analyses the work of the British group,

European Nuclear Disarmament, or END, which was founded in order to further

the aims outlined in the Appeal.

The thesis examines END's work in three, overlapping, geographical

areas: Britain, where END acted mainly as a pressure group on and/or ginger

group within CND in an attempt to internationalize - END-ize - its work; in

Western Europe (including Britain), where END (with other Western peace

groups) was trying to create and sustain enduring ties amongst Western peace

groups; and across the East-West divide, where END was one of a number of

groups that engaged in dialogue with independent forces in the Soviet bloc -

while maintaining relations with the regimes - with the aim of creating some

kind of pan-European alliance that would bring together above all these forces

and Western peace groups.

The study is conducted in terms of an explanatory framework that

emphasizes the pre-existing networks out of which END emerged; the distinctive

END worldview or 'frame' and the ways in which END supporters campaigned

in its terms, tried to persuade others to adopt it, and/or adapted it - above all in dialogue with independent groups in the Soviet bloc; the resources and structure that helped determine the work END activists could do; the way in which this

campaigning was shaped by END's relationship with other peace groups, in

Britain above all CND; and the political opportunities and constraints that END

activists faced.

To date there has been no full-length study of END nor one that analyses

the various dimensions of its campaign and how they shaped each other. This

thesis thus aims to be a contribution to our knowledge of the West European

peace movements of the 1980s; it also hopes to add to our understanding of

transnational social-movement campaigning.

Year2004
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Completed2004

Related outputs

European Nuclear Disarmament: Transnational Peace Campaigning in the 1980s
Burke, P.D.M. 2016. European Nuclear Disarmament: Transnational Peace Campaigning in the 1980s. in: Conze, Eckart, Klimke, Martin and Varon, Jeremy (ed.) Nuclear Threats, Nuclear Fears and the Cold War of the 1980s Cambridge Cambridge University Press. pp. 227-250

The Eastern European Revolutions of 1989
Burke, P.D.M. 2010. The Eastern European Revolutions of 1989. in: The Oxford international encyclopedia of peace Oxford University Press.

Communism and peace movements
Burke, P.D.M. 2010. Communism and peace movements. in: The Oxford international encyclopedia of peace Oxford University Press.

A transcontinental movement of citizens?: Strategic debates in the 1980s western peace movement
Burke, P.D.M. 2004. A transcontinental movement of citizens?: Strategic debates in the 1980s western peace movement. in: Horn, G.R. and Kenney, P. (ed.) Transnational moments of change : Europe 1945, 1968, 1989 Oxford, UK Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 189-206

The nuclear weapons world: who, how and where
Burke, P.D.M., Beyer, J., Cooper, J., Holden, G, Nectoux, F. and Resnik, K Burke, P.D.M. (ed.) 1988. The nuclear weapons world: who, how and where. London Pinter Publishers.

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