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Britain, Detente and Changing East-West Relations - Brian White

Britain, Detente and Changing East-West Relations

Hardcover Published: 26th March 1992
ISBN: 9780415078412
Number Of Pages: 224

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"Britain, Detente and Changing East-West Relations" examines the role of Britain in East-West relations since the end of World War II. While recent studies have focused on the contribution of Britain to the Cold War, this book is the first to provide a detailed analysis of the contribution of successive British governments to the development of East-West detente, a historical process that Brian White believes had its origins in the early postwar period. Brian White places particular emphasis on Britain's central role as the catalyst of detente in the 1950s and early 1960s, and its later role in the revival of detente during the 1980s. He concludes that the failure to adapt effectively to the changing patterns of East-West relations from the 1960s onwards led to the gradual decline of British influence. Detailed and comprehensive, this book provides both an important revaluation of Britain's role in the post-war world and an invaluable case study in foreign policy formation and execution.

Introductionp. 1
The concept of detentep. 16
The uses of detentep. 19
Detente and related conceptsp. 26
Detente as an analytical termp. 30
Britain, the cold war and detentep. 35
Britain as a catalyst of detentep. 50
The Geneva summitp. 55
Macmillan and detentep. 58
The Berlin crisis and Macmillan's visit to Moscowp. 61
'Damage-limitation' after the Paris summitp. 63
British attitudes towards detentep. 65
Adapting to bipolarity: from power to influencep. 71
The domestic imperatives hypothesisp. 74
Britain and the Partial Test Ban Treatyp. 81
The test ban issue: from Bravo to Genevap. 83
The test ban negotiations 1958-60p. 84
The test ban negotiations 1961-63p. 89
The Moscow talksp. 93
The British contribution to the test ban treatyp. 95
The partial test ban treaty and detentep. 105
The decline of British influence on East-West relationsp. 108
Britain and the Vietnam warp. 109
Britain and the nuclear non-proliferation treatyp. 114
Britain and European securityp. 120
British attitudes towards detentep. 124
British policy and structural changesp. 130
The domestic political contextp. 133
Britain, the new cold war and detentep. 136
The first Thatcher government and the new cold warp. 140
The second Thatcher government and detentep. 143
The third Thatcher government and structural changes in East-West relationsp. 149
British attitudes towards detentep. 154
The domestic political contextp. 157
A British conception of detentep. 162
Detente and traditional diplomacyp. 165
Detente, deterrence and defencep. 169
Detente and globalismp. 171
Detente and pragmatismp. 173
Conclusionp. 177
The significance of British detente policyp. 177
An explanation of British detente policyp. 180
Britain and East-West relations in the 1990sp. 182
Notesp. 188
Bibliographyp. 191
Indexp. 199
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ISBN: 9780415078412
ISBN-10: 0415078415
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 26th March 1992
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.11
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1