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Britain's Failure to Enter the European Community, 1961-63 : The Enlargement Negotiations and Crises in European, Atlantic and Commonwealth Relations - George Wilkes

Britain's Failure to Enter the European Community, 1961-63

The Enlargement Negotiations and Crises in European, Atlantic and Commonwealth Relations

By: George Wilkes (Editor)

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Published: 1st June 1997
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Recently-released archival material has given historians the opportunity to re-examine the impact of the initial British application to join the European Community on the development of the EC, and on the role of Britain and its European neighbours in broader world politics. The dramatic end to the British application was a devastating blow to many Europeans and Americans who hoped that the EC would be strengthened by the inclusion of the UK.
The essays collected here outline a number of factors which made the EC too young to be able to assimilate Britain's important interests, and the British over-optimistic in their approach to negotiations with the Community. The role of conflict over Western strategy and European political union in the breakdown of the negotiations is re-assessed, and the negotiations over agriculture and the Commonwealth are revealed in an entirely new light.

The first failure to steer Britain in the the European Communities - an introduction
Part 1
A slow one hundred and eighty degree turn - British policy towards the Common Market, 1955-60
De Gaulle and the British "application" to join the Common market
"masterminding " a new Western Europe - the key actors at Brussels in the superpower conflict
Part 2
Anglo-Commonwealth relations and EEC membership - the problem of the old dominions
British agriculture and the Brussels negotiations - a problem of trust
Legal problems for British accession
The breakdown and European Unity
The Fouchet negotiations for political union and the British application
Small state on the sidelines - Denmark and the question of European political integration
American "Europeanists", Monnet's action committeee and British membership
Grand designs and the diplomatic breakdown
Eye-witness views of the Brussels breakdown
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ISBN: 9780714642215
ISBN-10: 0714642215
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st June 1997
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1