With the debate about Europe constantly in the headlines, this examination of the important and tricky post-war relationship between German and Britain compares their different roles, outlook and development. In the wake of a devastated continent, this relationship has been one of the central axes of the development of post-war Europe and crucial in terms of recent British history. Sabine Lee considers broad issues such as the comparative senses of national identity, destiny and direction, and the respective roles of Germany and Britain in Europe and in the world community at large. With Germany now reunited and at the head of the new Europe, and Britain in the process of devolution and struggling to retain the special relationship with the United States, this is an important and topical book.
Table of Contents
1. Victory in Europe? Britian and Germany Since 1945.
2. 1945-1949: Victor and Vanquished.
3. 1949-1955: Power and Soverignty.
4. 1955-1963: Europe or Not Europe?
5. 1963-1969/70: Burying the Hatchet: West- and Ostpolitik in Europe.
6. 1969-1974: Détente in Europe.
7. 1974-1979: Backtracking?
8. 1979-1989: Cold War and Beyond.
9. 1989-1991: Friend of Foe? Britain and German Unification.
10. 1991-1997/8: Growing Together-Growig Apart: Germany, Britain and Europe.
11. Epilogue: Whose Victory in Europe?
Sabine Lee is Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Birmingham. Her publications include An Uneasy Partnership: British-German Relations between 1955 and 1961 and Harold Macmllan: Aspects of a Political Life.
" a highly readable book with interesting conclusions"