The essays collected here outline a number of factors which made the EC too young to be able to assimilate Britain's important interests, and the British over-optimistic in their approach to negotiations with the Community. The role of conflict over Western strategy and European political union in the breakdown of the negotiations is re-assessed, and the negotiations over agriculture and the Commonwealth are revealed in an entirely new light.
NYT FRA Historien 47.2,autumn 1998
International History Review, March 99
Journal of European Integration History, Vol 5, No 2, 1999
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