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Britain, France and the battle for the leadership of Europe, 1957-2007

Britain, France and the battle for the leadership of Europe, 1957-2007 / Richard Davis.
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2024.
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236 pages ; 24 cm.
"The book gives an account of an essential part of Britain's troubled relationship with the rest of Europe after 1945, particularly considering the rivalry of France and Britain between 1945 and 2007. The record of Britain's relations with the rest of Europe, and in particular with France, from 1945 onwards was seen by the politicians and diplomats in charge of foreign policy very much in terms of a diplomatic battle. This is paradoxical given that European integration was supposedly aiming to create a European community. Although Britain has usually been seen as an at best half-hearted participant in European integration it nonetheless maintained its ambition to assume the leadership of Europe. This inevitably led to a confrontation with France which shared the same goal. This book begins by looking at the opposing ways in which these two ancient European rivals presented very different models for the sort of Europe they wished to see emerge. It goes on to consider the record of their rivalry between 1945 and 2007. After this Britain effectively gave up the battle for the political leadership of Europe. This, however, should not obscure the fact that it had succeeded in imposing much of its social and economic model on Europe. This volume will be of interest to both undergraduate students and general readers interested in Britain's position in Europe"-- Provided by publisher.
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Online version: Davis, Richard, 1960 January 25- Britain, France and the battle for the leadership of Europe, 1957-2007 Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2024
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February 07, 2024
Routledge studies in modern European history.
Routledge studies in modern European history
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Leading Europe
Fighting over Europe
Defining and directing Europe
Initial skirmishes
Rethinking Europe
Messina to the Treaty of Rome
Facing up to de Gaulle
EEC, FTA and EFTA : Europe at sixes and sevens
Taking on de Gaulle
Countering de Gaulle
Entering the EEC
Reforming and redirecting Europe
Maastricht, monetary union and enlargement
Last chance for leadership
European laggards and leaders.

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