Britannia Overruled: British Policy and World Power in the Twentieth Century, 2nd Edition (Paperback) book cover

Britannia Overruled

British Policy and World Power in the Twentieth Century, 2nd Edition

By David Reynolds


392 pages

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This book brings together the often separated histories of diplomacy, defence, economics and empire in a provocative reinterpretation of British 'decline'. It also offers a broader reflection on the nature of international power and the mechanisms of policymaking. For this Second Edition, David Reynolds has added a new chapters and extends his lively and incisive analysis to the beginning of the new millennium.


'Essential; Required reading from now on by anyone wishing to understand Britain's changing place in the twentieth-century world.'

Times Literary Supplement

'A welcome blend of two different sorts of history: both a narrative of decline and a philosophical investigation into the nature and logic of power.'

The Independent

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Power 2. Policy 3. Cold War, 1899-1914 4. Great War, 1914-22

5. No War, 1919-40 6. World War, 1940-7 7. Superpowers, 1947-55 8. Circles, 1955-70 9. Europe, 1970-9 10. Thatcher, 1979-90 11. Identities, 1990-9. Appendix 1: Principal Officers of State since 1895. Appendix 2: The Institutions of the European Community.

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Studies In Modern History

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain