Britain, Germany and the Cold War: The Search for a European by R. Gerald Hughes

By R. Gerald Hughes

This well-researched booklet info the anomaly in British coverage in the direction of Europe within the chilly warfare because it sought to pursue détente with the Soviet Union when upholding its commitments to its NATO allies.

From the early Nineteen Fifties, Britain pursued a twin coverage of strengthening the West when looking détente with the Soviet Union. British statesmen discovered that in simple terms via compromise with Moscow over the German query might the elusive East-West be accomplished. by contrast, the West German not easy line in the direction of the East (endorsed via the USA) was once visible by means of the British as perpetuating pressure among the 2 blocs. This forged British coverage onto an insoluble difficulty, because it used to be stuck among its alliance responsibilities to the West German nation and its look for compromise with the Soviet bloc. Charting Britain's makes an attempt to reconcile this contradiction, this e-book argues that Britain effectively tailored to the hot realities and made hitherto unknown contributions in the direction of détente within the early Nineteen Sixties, when drawing in the direction of Western Europe and making use of for club of the EEC in 1961.

Drawing on unpublished US and united kingdom files, Britain, Germany and the chilly War casts new mild at the chilly battle, the historical past of détente and the evolution of eu integration.

This ebook will attract scholars of chilly struggle historical past, British overseas coverage, German politics, and overseas history.

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