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British Foreign and Defence Policy Since 1945

Challenges and Dilemmas in a Changing World

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23 June 2010

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Foreign policy has dominated successive governments' time in office and cast a consistently long shadow over British politics in the period since 1945. Robert Self provides a readable and incisive assessment of the key...

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Foreign policy has dominated successive governments' time in office and cast a consistently long shadow over British politics in the period since 1945. Robert Self provides a readable and incisive assessment of the key issues and events from the retreat from empire through the cold war period to Humanitarian Intervention and the debacle in Iraq.

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  • An accessible and detailed history of British foreign policy 
  • Examines New Labour's record and, in particular, the consequence of Blair's pursuit of an ethical foreign policy and his commitment to humanitarian intervention 
  • Considers key issues such as the Anglo-American 'special relationship', the UK's place in Europe, defence procurement and Britain's commitment to sustaining a nuclear deterrent

Introduction: Britain's Place in a Changing World
British Power and the Burden of History
From Empire to Commonwealth
Britain, the Atlantic Alliance and the 'Special Relationship'
Britain and the Europe
The Problems of Conventional Defence
Britain and the Bomb: The Quest to Nuclear Deterrent
New Labour, the 'Ethical' Dimension' and 'Liberal Intervention' 
Making Foreign and Defence Policy
Conclusion: The Challenge of an Uncertain Future.
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ROBERT SELF was formerly Professor of British Politics and Contemporary History at London Metropolitan University, UK.  He has authored or edited ten books including the first major biography of Neville Chamberlin to be based principally on an extensive range of archival sources.

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ROBERT SELF was formerly Professor of British Politics and Contemporary History at London Metropolitan University, UK.  He has authored or edited ten books including the first major biography of Neville Chamberlin to be based principally on an extensive range of archival sources.

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