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.'
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.