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For God and GlobeChristian Internationalism in the United States between the Great War and the Cold War$
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Michael G. Thompson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452727

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452727.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

Neglected Genealogies

Chapter:
(p.190) Conclusion
Source:
For God and Globe
Author(s):

Michael G. Thompson

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452727.003.0009

This concluding chapter discusses the interrelationship of Christian internationalism and four critical aspects of national and international life: race, empire, nation, and realism. Both the ecumenical and radical strands of interwar Christian internationalism fostered and promoted an anti-imperialist program; and both had direct links to the missionary enterprise. Interwar Christian internationalism should also be seen as an important factor in activism concerning racial politics. Indeed, The World Tomorrow had several strong connections with liberal, intellectual-led civil rights groups such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoples (NAACP) and the National Urban League throughout the 1920s and 1930s. Moreover, inquiry into the nature and status of the nation—and correspondingly, the critique of and protest against nationalism—lay at the conceptual center of interwar Christian internationalists' collective project. Finally, realism's rise in postwar America should be seen as shaped in significant part by the Christian internationalism of the prior two decades.

Keywords:   Christian internationalism, racial politics, NAACP, National Urban League, nationalism, realism, anti-imperialism

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