The Struggle Over European Integration in Britain, 1956–63

By Theodore Bromund

© 2016 – Routledge

256 pages

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Hardback: 9780714655277
pub: 2016-02-15

About the Book

Europe has always been a vexing proposition for Britain. The country sees itself as a regional power, yet national fervour is very strong. This book examines the ways in which the British government worked with and against influential organizations and individuals in order to manage domestic opposition to a closer association with the European Economic Community. Starting in the late 1950s, advocates of a closer British association with Europe began to compare it unfavourably with the continent, launching Britain on its slow and uncertain transition from an imperial to a European identity. Combining insightful analysis with a careful examination of government and private archives, the author illustrates the domestic ideas that continue to affect Britain's relationship with the rest of the EU.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Selling Europe 1. Europe on the Horizon 2. Plans Gone Awry, 1956 3. The Move Towards Europe, 1957–1958 4. The Invention of Decline, 1959–1960 5. New Britain, Old Loyalties and Europe, 1961–1962 6. Not Wanted: The Reaction to Rejection, 1963 7. And It Still Goes On: Decline, Britain and Europe after 1963. Conclusion: Politics, Economics and Identities

About the Series

British Politics and Society

Social change impacts not just upon voting behaviour and party identity but also the formulation of policy. But how do social changes and political developments interact? Which shapes which? Reflecting a belief that social and political structures cannot be understood either in isolation from each other or from the historical processes which form them, this series will examine the forces that have shaped British society. Cross- disciplinary approaches will be encouraged. In the process, the series will aim to make a contribution to existing fields, such as politics, sociology and media studies, as well as opening out new and hitherto-neglected fields.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General