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Harold Wilson and Europe : pursuing Britain's membership of the European Community /
Melissa Pine.
imprint
London ; New York : Tauris Academic Studies, 2007.
description
x, 274 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
1845114701, 9781845114701
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imprint
London ; New York : Tauris Academic Studies, 2007.
isbn
1845114701
9781845114701
catalogue key
6333427
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [237]-249) and index.
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"Covers a little-researched period ... and thereby throws new light on the state of British politics after 1967, but also on the dilemma of the Labour Party. It is here the book will make its maximum impact." -- Anne Deighton Lecturer in European Politics, Wolfson College Oxford "A well researched piece of revisionism which ought to be widely read by those studying and working on British post-war political history." -- N. Piers Ludlow Senior Lecturer in International History LSE
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This fascinating insight into the Wilson government reveals Wilson's early diplomacy was vital for the Conservatives' successful negotiation of British entry into the EC by 1973. Pine concludes that Wilson was personally committed to securing membership, and that he and key members of his government played a crucial role in securing the UK's eventual membership of the EC.
Long Description
The second British application to join the European Communities (EC) was made during Harold Wilson's second Labour government. It ended in failure with French President Charles de Gaulle's veto in November 1967. "Harold Wilson and Europe" traces the development of Britain's policy towards the EC from the veto to the end of Wilson's government in June 1970. Based on detailed archival research, Melissa Pine traces Wilson's efforts to forge stronger bonds with EC states while managing both a cabinet divided on the issue, and a complex broader foreign policy. This fascinating insight into the Wilson government reveals Wilson's early diplomacy was vital for the Conservatives' successful negotiation of British entry into the EC by 1973. Pine concludes that Wilson was personally committed to securing membership, and that he and key members of his government played a crucial role in securing the UK's eventual membership of the EC.
Main Description
The second British application to join the European Communities (EC) was made during Harold Wilson's second Labour government. It ended in failure with French President Charles de Gaulle's veto in November 1967.Harold Wilson and Europetraces the development of Britain's policy towards the EC from the veto to the end of Wilson's government in June 1970. Based on detailed archival research, Melissa Pine traces Wilson's efforts to forge stronger bonds with EC states while managing both a cabinet divided on the issue, and a complex broader foreign policy. This fascinating insight into the Wilson government reveals Wilson's early diplomacy was vital for the Conservatives' successful negotiation of British entry into the EC by 1973. Pine concludes that Wilson was personally committed to securing membership, and that he and key members of his government played a crucial role in securing the UK's eventual membership of the EC.
Main Description
The second British application to join the European Communities (EC) was made during Harold Wilson's second Labour government. It ended in failure with French President Charles de Gaulle's veto in November 1967. Harold Wilson and Europe traces the development of Britain's policy towards the EC from the veto to the end of Wilson's government in June 1970. Based on detailed archival research, Melissa Pine traces Wilson's efforts to forge stronger bonds with EC states while managing both a cabinet divided on the issue, and a complex broader foreign policy. This fascinating insight into the Wilson government reveals Wilson's early diplomacy was vital for the Conservatives' successful negotiation of British entry into the EC by1973. Pine concludes that Wilson was personally committed to securing membership, and that he and key members of his government played a crucial role in securing the UK's eventual membership of the EC.
Main Description
The second British application to join the European Communities (EC) was made during Harold Wilson's second Labour government. It ended in failure with French President Charles de Gaulle's veto in November 1967. Harold Wilson and Europe traces the development of Britain's policy towards the EC from the veto to the end of Wilson's government in June 1970. Based on detailed archival research, Melissa Pine traces Wilson's efforts to forge stronger bonds with EC states while managing both a cabinet divided on the issue, and a complex broader foreign policy. This fascinating insight into the Wilson government reveals Wilson's early diplomacy was vital for the Conservatives' successful negotiation of British entry into the EC by 1973. Pine concludes that Wilson was personally committed to securing membership, and that he and key members of his government played a crucial role in securing the UK's eventual membership of the EC.
Table of Contents
List of Abbreviationsp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Approaching Europe 1964 - 67p. 7
November - December 1967: reacting to the vetop. 26
January - February 1968: new ideasp. 44
March - September 1968: a war of attritionp. 61
October 1968 - January 1969: progress - without France?p. 84
February - April 1969: the 'Soames affair' and its aftermathp. 106
April - December 1969: after de Gaulle - the veto is liftedp. 131
January - June 1970: towards negotiationsp. 156
Conclusionsp. 175
Notesp. 183
Bibliographyp. 237
Dramatis personaep. 251
Indexp. 267
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