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By John W. Young

This research is an ancient learn of British coverage in the direction of eu integration from international struggle II to the production of the one eu industry. when concentrating on executive coverage, the ebook additionally offers with adjustments of angle between strain teams, the clicking and public opinion. It introduces readers not just to the most occasions in British kin with the ecu team spirit circulate, but in addition to the debates at the topic between politicians, political scientists and historians. it truly is dependent upon a whole survey of the to be had ancient files, in addition to the memoirs of diaries of these concerned with occasions. A concluding essay analyzes why Britain is a "reluctant" eu. different works through John W. younger comprise " Britain, France and the cohesion of Europe, 1945-51", "France, the chilly warfare and the Western Alliance, 1944-49" and "Cold battle Europe, 1945-89".

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In the light of recent research Bevin can be rescued from accusations from critics like Anthony Nutting, Richard Mayne and Nora Beloff 68 that he did not consider European unity seriously as a policy option in the late 1940s, but he was often at the mercy of the complex forces at work in post-war Europe. His supposedly triumphant creation of an Atlantic alliance was neither as smooth as it is often made to appear, nor did it provide a basis for the maintenance ofBritish greatness which was Bevin's main aim.

In fact Macmillan and Eccles were simply misguided. The last thing the Foreign Office wanted to be accused of was 'sabotage', for this would upset not only the Six, but also the Americans. Instead, after August, London's policy was to wait for the Six to establish a coal-steel community, . 1t. 14 . agreement w1t an d th en to seek an assoCiatiOn The European Defence CoiDDlunity, 1956-4 As work on the Schuman Plan proceeded public attention shifted to a new problem, which was to dominate the European unity debate for four years: German rearmament.

The Permanent UnderSecretary's Committee, in a paper entitled 'Third World Power or Western Consolidation', finalised in May, argued that the British Commonwealth would depend on the US for defence and investment for the foreseeable future. Because of national differences, economic problems and Communist influence, it doubted 25 Britain and European Unity, 1945-1992 the ability of a more united Europe to match the USSR. It argued that nationalism would eventually undermine attempts at European unity and feared that the Soviets could overrun the continent if war broke out.

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