Synopses & Reviews
One of the most crucial aspects of Britain's recent history is the nation's ambivalent relationship to the rest of Europe and the process of European Integration. Britain has been divided from Europe by centuries of Religious conflict. This book reveals an important aspect of this area of political culture and its influence on foreign policy. It examines the centrality of religious identities to the ambivalent attitudes of Britons toward their nation's place between continental Europe and the American superpower.
"Provides a stimulating exploration of the complex nexus of national identity, religious heritage, and the question of Europe... Recommended." —CHOICE
Britannia, Europa and Christendom brings to light the webs of influence linking Christian leaders and politicians and shows the conflicting relationships between national identity and Christian universalism, and between Britain as a one-time world power, a European nation, and junior partner in the 'transatlantic alliance'.
This book examines the centrality of religious identities to the ambivalent attitudes of Britons toward their nation's place between continental Europe and the American superpower.
About the Author
PHILIP COUPLAND is former Assistant Editor of the Journal of British Studies (University of Chicago Press). He has written on British political history in the Journal of Contemporary History, Twentieth Century British History and elsewhere.
Table of Contents
Christian Discourses in Religious and National Identity * Christian Peace Aims and Federal Europe, 1939-40 * Europe and America: The Churches and the State in the Peace Aims Debate, 1940-45 * Western Union and Spiritual Union * Christian Action and the Christian Movement for European Unity * British Christians and the Iron Curtain * British Christians, the Common Market and the European Union * Conclusion