Britain & Europe Since 1945

By Alex May
November 1998
Pearson Education
ISBN: 0582307783
160 pages
$36.50 Paper Original


This is a succinct, timely introduction to one of the most highly charged political questions which has dominated British politics since 1945: Britain's position in Europe. The study traces the evolution of British policy towards Europe since 1945, presenting the full international context as well as the impact on domestic party politics - including an analysis of the divisions in the Conservative Party under John Major.

Part One: The Background 1. Britain and Europe Before 1945 Part Two: Britain and Europe Since 1945 2. Labor's Europe 1945-51 3. The Conservatives' Europe 1951-57 4. Macmillan and the First Application 1957-64 5. Wilson and the Second Application 1964-70 6. Heath and British Entry 1970-74 7. The Labour Governments 1974-79 8. The Thatcher Governments 1979-90 9. The Major Governments 1990-97 10. The Blair Government 1997- Part Three: Assessment 11. The Long Road to Europe Chronology Glossary Part Four: Documents Bibliography Index

Features " Takes a chronological approach bringing clarity to what is an enormously complex topic. " Considers the effect on the economic as well as the political life of Britain. " Explores the impact on her Commonwealth and Atlantic partners, as well as other EC members; and examines the development of EC policy.

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