The Collected Papers of Bertrand Russell, Volume 26 covers a period of transition in Russell's political life between his orthodox and sometimes pugnacious defence of the West in the early post-war, and the dissenting advocacy of nuclear disarmament and détente that started in earnest in the mid-1950s.

While some of the assembled writings echo harsh prior criticism of Soviet expansionism and dictatorship, others register growing qualms about the recklessness of American foreign policy and the baneful effects on civil liberties of anti-communist hysteria inside the United States. Whether continuing to push for western rearmament, or highlighting in a more placatory vein the folly of the Cold War's divisions and rival fanaticisms, Russell's paramount objective was avoiding a war that threatened global catastrophe. Suspended between fear and hope, he expounded his evolving political concerns–and much else besides, including autobiographical reflections and typically common-sense guidance for living well–in a constant flow of newspaper and magazine articles, letters to editors, radio broadcasts and discussions and, of special note, a Nobel Prize acceptance speech.

Russell also completed two lecture tours of the United States (the last of many), as well as a landmark such visit to Australia. All three of these journeys, and the textual record they left, are examined in depth using manuscript material and unpublished correspondence from the Bertrand Russell Archives at McMaster University, which is mined extensively throughout the volume.

part Part I|132 pages

Australian Broadcasts, Lectures, Articles and Miscellanea

chapter 1|7 pages

Guest of Honour [1950]

chapter 2|4 pages

The World as I See It [1950]

chapter 3|4 pages

My Philosophy of Life [1950]

chapter 4|5 pages

What Hope for Man [1950]

chapter 5|14 pages

Ferment in Asia [1950]

chapter 6|23 pages

Obstacles to World Government [1950]

chapter 10|11 pages

Communism, Capitalism, Socialism [1950]

chapter 11|23 pages

Living in the Atomic Age [1950]

chapter 15|6 pages

My Impressions of Australia [1950]

chapter 16|4 pages

Happy Australia [1950]

part Part II|161 pages

“A Common-Sense Paradise”

chapter 20|4 pages

Loquacious Man and His Mind [1950]

chapter 22|6 pages

“What Can I Do?” [1951]

chapter 24|2 pages

The Future of Science [1951]

chapter 27|2 pages

Prof. Gilbert Murray Honoured [1951]

chapter 28|5 pages

Are Human Beings Necessary? [1951]

chapter 31|7 pages

New Hopes for a Changing World [1951]

chapter 32|16 pages

The Road to Happiness (I) [1951]

chapter 34|2 pages

Sex Education Is Desirable [1951]

chapter 35|4 pages

My Faith in the Future [1951]

chapter 36|7 pages

A Liberal Decalogue [1951]

chapter 38|5 pages

The Road to Happiness (II) [1952]

chapter 39|5 pages

How Fanatics Are Made [1952]

chapter 40|3 pages

Future of the B.B.C. [1952]

chapter 41|11 pages

Leonardo’s Day—and Our Own [1952]

part Part III|52 pages

Autobiography, Humour, Fiction

chapter 42|5 pages

Celebrity [1950]

chapter 43|3 pages

How to Grow Old [1951]

chapter 44|4 pages

How I Write [1951]

chapter 45|6 pages

The Use of Books [1951]

chapter 46|11 pages

Things I Know and Things I Conjecture [1951]

chapter 48|19 pages

The Corsican Ordeal of Miss X [1951]

part Part IV|128 pages

Avoiding War

chapter 49|8 pages

The Fanatics [1950]

chapter 50|2 pages

Message to Japanese Students [1950]

chapter 51|8 pages

On Nationalism [1950]

chapter 54|7 pages

Dictatorship Breeds Corruption [1951]

chapter 55|4 pages

My Plan for Peace [1951]

chapter 56|10 pages

Why Defend the Free World? [1951]

chapter 57|7 pages

Soviet Humour—Does It Exist? [1951]

chapter 59|6 pages

Communism and Christian Socialism [1951]

chapter 61|5 pages

China in the Light of History [1951]

chapter 62|5 pages

The Problem of Germany [1951]

chapter 63|3 pages

Preface to A World Apart [1951]

chapter 64|7 pages

The Narrow Line [1951]

chapter 65|5 pages

Western Values [1952]

chapter 66|19 pages

How Near Is War? [1952]

chapter 67|10 pages

One World—Is It Feasible? [1952]

part Part V|71 pages

Cold War America at Home and Abroad

chapter 69|8 pages

On Mass Hysteria [1951]

chapter 70|4 pages

Every Crisis an Opportunity [1951]

chapter 71|3 pages

Why America Is Losing Her Allies [1951]

chapter 74|4 pages

Are These Moral Codes Out of Date? [1951]

chapter 76|12 pages

Meet the Press [1951]

chapter 80|6 pages

Is America in the Grip of Hysteria? [1952]