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Macmillan Higher Education

Britain's International Role, 1970-1991

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Palgrave

Pages: 256
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British Studies Series

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Hardcover - 9780230577718

15 November 2010

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How does one of the world's greatest powers preserve its status and influence when international conditions are unfavourable and its resources do not match its commitments? This was Britain's burden in the 1970s and 1980s...

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How does one of the world's greatest powers preserve its status and influence when international conditions are unfavourable and its resources do not match its commitments? This was Britain's burden in the 1970s and 1980s when the international order was transformed. Much became unsettled and Britain had to adapt policy to suit new needs and opportunities.

Michael J. Turner elucidates the efforts that were made to maximise Britain's role on those matters and in those parts of the world that were of special importance to British strategy, prosperity and security. He examines key decisions and their consequences and places British policy-making in an international context, suggesting that British leaders were more successful in preserving power and prestige on the world stage than has sometimes been appreciated.

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Balances, and to a certain extent corrects, those accounts that exaggerate or misrepresent the nature of Britain's 'decline' as a world power during the period
Places British policymaking in the appropriate international context
Provides a genuinely integrated international history of the 1970s and 1980s
 
 

Acknowledgments
Introduction: 'Doomed steadily to diminish'?
Accommodating Change
Questions of Defence and Détente
The Beginning of a New World Order?
Quarrelling with Allies
Confronting the Soviets
Multi-Polarity and Nuclear Weapons
The Approach of Victory in the Cold War
Extra-European Affairs
Dealing with the Middle East
The Falklands Crisis: Causes and Consequences
Conclusion
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index.

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MICHAEL TURNER is Roy Carroll Distinguished Professor of British History at Appalachian State University, USA.

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MICHAEL TURNER is Roy Carroll Distinguished Professor of British History at Appalachian State University, USA.

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