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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Britain's International Role, 1970-1991

ISBN 9780230577718
Publication Date November 2010
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series British Studies Series

How does one of the world's greatest powers preserve its status and influence when international conditions are unfavourable and its resources do not match its commitments? This was Britain's burden in the 1970s and 1980s when the international order was transformed. Much became unsettled and Britain had to adapt policy to suit new needs and opportunities.

Michael J. Turner elucidates the efforts that were made to maximise Britain's role on those matters and in those parts of the world that were of special importance to British strategy, prosperity and security. He examines key decisions and their consequences and places British policy-making in an international context, suggesting that British leaders were more successful in preserving power and prestige on the world stage than has sometimes been appreciated.

MICHAEL TURNER is Roy Carroll Distinguished Professor of British History at Appalachian State University, USA.

Introduction: 'Doomed steadily to diminish'?
Accommodating Change
Questions of Defence and Détente
The Beginning of a New World Order?
Quarrelling with Allies
Confronting the Soviets
Multi-Polarity and Nuclear Weapons
The Approach of Victory in the Cold War
Extra-European Affairs
Dealing with the Middle East
The Falklands Crisis: Causes and Consequences
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'Michael Turner presents an important and valuable discussion on the changing roles of the countries that used to run the world.' - John Williams, East Carolina University, USA
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