An illuminating and comprehensive exploration of a subject which has dominated the British political scene for much of the period since the Second World War. Through a wide and varied collection of documents, complemented by detailed and perceptive analysis, this book explores Britain's reactions to the dynamics of European integration.
Key subjects covered include;
European unity and "missed opportunities" in the early post-war years
the Commonwealth dimension and the "special relationship"
Britain's belated attempts to join the EC in the 1960s
Many of its numerous sources are made widely accessible here for the first time. It is an invaluable resource for all students of Politics, Modern British History and European Studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction. 1 Reconstruction and European Unity: 1945- 49. 2 'Lost Opportunities': 1950-57. 3 The 'special relationship': 1945-63. 4 Kith and kin: the Commonwealth and Europe, 1945-61. 5 Koncking at the door: 1959-63. 6 Another Veto: 1964-69. 7 Entry and renegotiation: 1970-75. 8 In transition: 1973-79. 9 'No, no, yes': 1979-90. 10 Staying in but opting out: 1990-97. 11 New Labour and Europe: 1997-98. Further Reading Chronological Table Appendix: The institutions of the European Community/ European Union.
'a varied collection of previously inaccessible documents for the period 1945-1998' - European Access Plus