Colonial civil servant, Fabian socialist and "eminence grise" of the Bloomsbury Circle, Leonard Woolf was one of the most prolific writers on international relations in the early mid-20th century. His report for the Fabian Society, "International Government", was influential on the creation of the League of Nations. He was a co-founder of the popular pressure group, the League of Nations Society. This book examines the thought of this relatively unknown political thinker. It thoroughly reassesses his ideas, for decades condemned as "utopian", in the context of the much more fluid international scene of the 21st century.
PETER WILSON is lecturer in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is editor (with David Long) on Thinkers of the Twenty Years' Crisis: Interwar Idealism Reassessed (Oxford, Cloneadon Press, 1995) and author (with Sypros Economides) of The Economic Factor in International Relations (London, I.B. Tauris, 2001). He is an expert on inter-war international relations theory and has written major articles on the thought of E.M. Carr.