This book is an abridged version of my doctoral thesis, written at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth between 1995 and 1999. I am thankful for financial support from the Department of International Politics, which enabled me to pursue this project. I am also enormously grateful for the open attitude to critical work fostered at the department. Most significantly, I would like to mention my supervisor, Roger Tooze, whose consistent encouragement inspired my confidence with this 'wacky' project.
I would like to acknowledge with gratitude the anonymous referees for Routledge whose positive comments made this publication a possibility and to thank Routledge for their patience.
I would also like to pay tribute to valued friends whose support and company have sustained me over the years: Beverley Shann, for living so passionately and forthrightly her politics; Erica Wallace, for her boundless good cheer; Jo and Dominic Bourton, for wonderful hospitality and warmth in Hereford; Laura Robertson, for joyous vacances; Sandra Beckett for her generosity of spirit; Neil Stammers, for his kindness, and many more besides. As always, the last mention is for Ben: for being the most remarkable and understanding 8 year-old son.