Harold Macmillan and Britain's World Role

Harold Macmillan and Britain's World Role


Edited by Richard Aldous, Edited by Sabine Lee, Introduction by R. R. James


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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Hardback | 184 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 223mm x 20mm | 300g
  • Publication date: 22 November 1995
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 033363053X
  • ISBN 13: 9780333630532
  • Illustrations note: index, tables

Product description

When Harold Macmillan became prime minister in 1957, Britain had reached a critical point in its contemporary history. There was still evidence of Britain's status as a great power, yet the previous year's humiliation at Suez had undermined its credibility. By taking key areas of overseas policy - summitry, the Middle East, defence, Empire, and Europe - this volume looks at Macmillan's attempts to establish a new foreign policy agenda after Suez. Based on research in public and private archives in Britain, America and Germany, Harold Macmillan and Britain's World Role offers a critical reappraisal of British foreign policy between 1957 and 1963, addressing how successfully Macmillan answered his own key question: 'Why should the UK stay in the big game?'

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Table of contents

Acknowledgements - Notes on the Contributors - Preface - Harold Macmillan: An Introduction; R.R.James - 'A Family Affair': Macmillan and the Art of Personal Diplomacy; R.Aldous - Macmillan and the Middle East; N.Ashton - Macmillan and the British Defence Policy; S.Ball - Macmillan and the End of the British Empire; P.Hemming - Staying in the Game? Coming into the Game? Macmillan and European Integration; S.Lee - 'Staying in the Game': Harold Macmillan and Britain's World Role; R.Aldous & S.Lee - Index