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British Foreign and Defence Policy since 1945 Challenges and Dilemmas in a Changing World

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ISBN-10: 0230220800

ISBN-13: 9780230220805

Edition: 2010

Authors: Robert Self

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List price: $54.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 7/15/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

List of Tables and Maps
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Britain's Place in a Changing World
From 'superpower' to 'global hub'
Trying (and failing) to adjust to harsh realities?
'Traditionalist' versus 'transformationalist' perspectives
British Power and the Burden of History
The rise of British imperial power
New threats and challenges: the British Empire and the 'resource gap' before 1914
The First World War and its legacy
Foreign and defence policy challenges of the 1930s
The Second World War and the consequences of relative economic decline
Continuity and consensus in post-war foreign and defence policy
Ernest Bevin and the foundations of the post-war foreign policy consensus
From Empire to Commonwealth
The imperial legacy and the test of war
The withdrawal from Empire, phase 1: India and Palestine
Retrenchment and resistance, 1945-57
The Suez crisis, 1956: the last blast of imperialism?
Withdrawal from Empire, phase 2: Harold Macmillan and the 'Wind of Change'
Forces driving the process of decolonization
Constraints upon Britain's imperial retreat
Britain and the transition to black majority rule in southern Africa
Fighting for the Falklands
Britain and the Commonwealth of Nations
Britain and European decolonisation: a comparative perspective
Britain, the Atlantic Alliance and the 'Special Relationship'
Wartime cooperation and conflict
Ernest Bevin and the policy of containment
Fluctuating fortunes: Churchill, Eden and Macmillan, 1951-63
The Atlantic alliance in decline, 1964-79
'Special' once more? Thatcher, Major, Reagan and Bush, 1979-97
New Labour, Clinton and George W. Bush
Gordon Brown and 'our most important bilateral relationship'
The nature of the 'Special Relationship'
'Special Relationships': a sectoral perspective
Anglo-American relations since 1945: a cost-benefit analysis
Britain and Europe
Paying the 'Price of Victory'
Britain and the limits of cooperation, 1945-55
'Missing the boat': Britain's first two applications, 1955-69
Edward Heath's European crusade and Labour's referendum, 1970-79
Margaret Thatcher and the EU budget, 1979-84
The Single European Act (SEA), the Delors Report and monetary union, 1984-90
John Major: a change of tone but not substance
Tony Blair and the 'Europeanisation' of New Labour
New Labour, the euro, the Constitutional Treaty and other problems
Gordon Brown and selective Europeanism since 2007
New Labour and the EU: continuity and change
The Problems of Conventional Defence
British military power: reacting to economic decline or adjusting to change?
Disillusioned hopes of military power with reduced expenditure, 1945-57
Duncan Sandys and the defence White Paper of 1957
The Wilson governments and the retreat from 'East of Suez'
The Thatcher governments and 'the Way Forward'
'Options for Change' in a world turned upside down, 1989-97
New Labour and hopes of delivering security in a changing world
Too many commitments, too little money? Defence funding since 1997
Blair, Brown and the crisis of military overstretch
Expenditure priorities and the failures of defence procurement
Conventional defence forces since 1945: Plus ca change
Britain and the Bomb: The Quest for a Nuclear Deterrent
Wartime collaboration and US betrayal
The Attlee government and the independent nuclear deterrent
Churchill and the hydrogen bomb
Great power status - but at a price
Trying (and failing) to keep up with the superpowers
The Thatcher government and the purchase of Trident
New Labour and the upgrading of Trident
The US connection and the 'son of Star Wars'
New Labour, the 'Ethical Dimension' and 'Liberal Intervention'
Labour's commitment to an 'ethical dimension' in British foreign policy
New Labour and human rights abroad
New Labour, ethics and arms exports
The arms trade, bribery and the control of international corruption
International development and developing world debt relief
Climate change and the environmental agenda
The 'Blair doctrine', liberal intervention and the Kosovo campaign
Afghanistan, the Taliban and the 'war on terror'
Saddam Hussein, Operation Desert Fox and the Iraq War
Gordon Brown and the' 'Responsibility to Protect'
The 'ethical dimension' in retrospect
Making Foreign and Defence Policy in a Changing World
The complexity of the foreign policy process in Britain
Executive dominance in the formulation of foreign policy
Who makes British defence policy?
Outside the magic circle: who is excluded from the policy process?
Executive 'overload' and the problem of priorities
The problems of long-term planning and 'horizon-scanning'
Redefining the role of the FCO within a challenging Whitehall environment
Reviewing Britain's overseas representation
A much too Diplomatic Service? Defending the national interest
Reforming the composition and career structure: the Foresight initiative
The role of the intelligence services
Conclusion: the Challenge of an Uncertain Future
The changing international environment after 1945
Continuity and change in British policy
The challenge of the unknown: redefining the threat
Devising a strategy for an uncertain world
Britain's position in the world - the more that changes the more that stays the same
Useful Websites for Foreign and Defence Sources
Bibliography
Index