Synopses & Reviews
has established itself as the pre-eminent overview of 20th century British foreign policy
- Surveys the transformation of the modern world through the spread of industrialisation, the emergence of new powers and the reaction against imperialism.
- Examines the reactions of British leaders to the upheavals of the twentieth century.
- Looks at imperial, industrial and financial policy, at the armed forces, at government institutions and at domestic politics.
- Draws on the work of political scientists to give the analysis a conceptual base.
"xxx; Essential xxx; Required reading from now on by anyone wishing to understand Britain's changing place in the twentieth-century world." Times Literary Supplement "xxx; A welcome blend of two different sorts of history: both a narrative of decline and a philosophical investigation into the nature and logic of power." The Independent
"Since publication of the first edition in 1991, this lively and penetrating examination of British international policy since 1890 and exploration of her international relations, has been established as the preeminent overview of 20th century British foreign policy. Brings together history of diplomacy, defense and economics, up-to-date with information added on post-Thatcher period and provides a provocative reinterpretation of the British 'decline'. Those interested in British history, diplomacy or international relations. First editon ISBN 0-52-55276-1. Also available in Hardcover 0-582-43725-3.
This book brings together the often separated histories of diplomacy, defence, economics and empire in a provocative reinterpretation of British 'decline'. It also offers a broader reflection on the nature of international power and the mechanisms of policymaking. For this Second Edition, David Reynolds has added a new chapters and extends his lively and incisive analysis to the beginning of the new millennium.
About the Author
Director of Studies in History at Christ's College, Cambridge
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Power 2. Policy 3. Cold War, 1899-1914 4. Great War, 1914-22
5. No War, 1919-40 6. World War, 1940-7 7. Superpowers, 1947-55 8. Circles, 1955-70 9. Europe, 1970-9 10. Thatcher, 1979-90 11. Identities, 1990-9. Appendix 1: Principal Officers of State since 1895. Appendix 2: The Institutions of the European Community.