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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

British Foreign and Defence Policy Since 1945

Challenges and Dilemmas in a Changing World

ISBN 9780230220799
Publication Date July 2010
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

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.

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.

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.


Robert Self has produced a very useful survey of British foreign and defence policy from the end of the Second World War until the present day; from the Attlee government and the post-war consensus to the Blair-Brown era of humanitarian intervention.' – Kate Utting, Defence Studies Department, King's College London, Diplomacy & Statescraft
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