CES Dissertation Workshop — National Parliamentarians on the International Stage: Private Diplomacy and Political Cooperation in Interwar Europe


Friday, November 17, 2017, 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Adolphus Busch Hall, Goldman Room


James McSpadden

PhD Student in History, Harvard University; Graduate Student Affiliate, CES, Harvard University; Coordinator, New Directions in European History, CES, Harvard University


Maxim Botstein - mbotstein@g.harvard.edu

Students and faculty interested in attending this event, are invited to a free "Friday Lunch" at CES. The lunch will be served from 12:30 - 2:00pm.


The CES Dissertation Workshop offers graduate students at Harvard a collegial and stimulating environment in which to present their current research to peers and faculty interested broadly in the study of Europe. It is a student-run, student-centered project. Graduate students and faculty are encouraged to attend.


This chapter examines interwar European parliamentarians’ private missions abroad as informal diplomats and analyzes the party-political and other deals they made across the continent. The chapter focuses on the specific case of the British Labour Party politician and Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald, as well as networks of interwar socialists and conservatives.