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British Library of Political and Economic Science

European Nuclear Disarmament


Reference code(s): GB 0097 END

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: European Nuclear Disarmament

Date(s): 1950-2001

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 89 boxes

Name of creator(s): European Nuclear Disarmament


Administrative/Biographical history:

In early 1980 an Appeal for European Nuclear Disarmament was drafted by E P Thompson and revised by Ken Coates (of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation), Mary Kaldor, Robin Cook and others. The document was released at a press conference in the House of Commons in April 1980. Its major aim was to mobilise public opinion to campaign for a non-aligned and nuclear free Europe 'from Poland to Portugal'. Structurally, END's main body was its Coordinating Committee. It also had a number of 'lateral committees', including on higher education, churches, trades unions and parliamentarians. Among its many publications were its bi-monthly END journal, books, newsletters and pamphlets. To emphasise its commitment to a Europe-wide campaign, END developed links with Eastern European peace groups and activists. END activists visited their counterparts in Eastern Europe; issued statements in support of their activities; publicised government attempts to suppress them; published pamphlets on what was happening in Eastern Europe; and, supported the struggle for political freedom in Eastern Europe. END was a member of the Liaison Committee - an organisation of 50 pressure groups from across Europe which arranged END Conventions. Following a 'consultation' in Rome in November 1981 the conventions occurred annually: in Brussels in 1982, West Berlin (1983), Perugia (1984), Amsterdam (1985), Paris (1986), Coventry (1987), Lund (1988), Vittoria (1989), Helsinki/Tallinn (1990) and Moscow (1991). Apart from the opportunity for networking, the Conventions included public meetings, round-table discussions, debates, films, cultural events and workshops. In 1990, leading members of END (and other organisations) formed European Dialogue, a pressure group promoting peace, democracy, social justice and environmental responsibility.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of European Nuclear Disarmament, including: Coordinating Committee records. Papers regarding END Conventions and other events. Documents regarding END's work with organisations and activists in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Campaign papers. Administrative papers. Publicity, including mailings, press releases, newsletters and leaflets. Memos from E P Thompson and Mary Kaldor. Papers regarding peace issues, activists and organisations in Europe and throughout the world. Papers of END Chairperson, Lynne Jones. Issues of the END Bulletin and END Journal. Some of the papers have been annotated by the depositor, Patrick Burke.


Language/scripts of material: Mainly English, but some other languages too

System of arrangement:

The papers have been arranged in 23 series: END/1 Structure, organisation, constitution and membership; END/2 Coordinating Committee papers; END/3 Coordinating Committee mailings; END/4 Supporters' Conferences; END/5 Annual General Meetings; END/6 Publications and publicity (except END Journal); END/7 END Journal; END/8 Financial papers; END/9 Working Groups (non-Soviet Union/Central Eastern Europe); END/10 Czechoslovak Working Group; END/11 German Democratic Republic Working Group; END/12 Hungary Working Group; END/13 Polish Working Group; END/14 Soviet Working Group; END/15 Campaigns; END/16 North Atlantic Network; END/17 END Conventions; END/18 International Peace Communication and Coordination Center (IPCC). Second accession (M3443): END/19 Subject files and publications; END/20 Western Europe; END/21 Countries/regions outside Europe; END/22 Lynne Jones papers; END/23 Issues of the END Bulletin, END Journal and the Churches Register.

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Conditions governing reproduction:

No material may be published without the prior permission of both the copyright holder and the Library. All applications for publication must be made to the Archivist in the first instance, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user.

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Finding aids:

Detailed list available on online catalogue

Detailed catalogue


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Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited by Patrick Burke in two accessions (in 2007 and 2008).


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Archivist's note: Sources: Copied from LSE Archives CALM database by Anna Towlson. Catalogued by Nick White.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Feb 2009

Nuclear disarmament | Disarmament | Peace
Pacifism | Political doctrines
Peace movements | Protest movements | Political movements
International relations

Personal names
Burke | Patrick | fl 1989 | lecturer in Politics and International Relations
Kaldor | Mary | fl 1972 | Professor of Global Governance
Thompson | Edward Palmer | 1924-1993 | historian

Corporate names
European Dialogue
European Nuclear Disarmament