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Britain and Europe since 1945

1st Edition

By Alex May


160 pages

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This is a succinct, timely introduction to one of the most highly charged political questions which has dominated British politics since 1945: Britain's position in Europe. The study traces the evolution of British policy towards Europe since 1945, presenting the full international context as well as the impact on domestic party politics - including an analysis of the divisions in the Conservative Party under John Major.

Table of Contents

Part One: The Background. 1. Britain and Europe Before 1945. Part Two: Britain and Europe Since 1945. 2. Labour's Europe 1945-51. 3.The Conservatives' Europe 1951-57. 4. Macmillan and the First Application 1957-64

5. Wilson and the Second Application 1964-70. 6. Heath and British Entry 1970-74. 7. The Labour Governments 1974-79. 8. The Thatcher Governments 1979-90. 9. The Major Governments 1990-97. 10. The Blair Government 1997- Part Three: Assessment. 11. The Long Road to Europe. Chronology. Glossary. Part Four: Documents. Biblliography. Index.

About the Series

Seminar Studies

Each book in the Seminar Studies series provides a concise and reliable introduction to a wide range of complex historical events and debates, covering topics in British, European, US and world history from the early modern period to the present day. Written by acknowledged experts and including supporting material such as extracts from historical documents, chronologies, glossaries, guides to key figures and further reading suggestions, Seminar Studies titles are essential reading for students of history.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century