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.
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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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