Britain and Europe 1789-2005

Britain and Europe 1789-2005

by Keith Robbins
     
 

At critical moments, Britain has played a crucial part in the political evolution of modern Europe, yet its stance has often been ambivalent: sometimes glad to be part of "European civilization" but at other times rejoicing in the blessings of insularity. This book breaks new ground in tracing the evoloving and contested understandings both of Britain

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At critical moments, Britain has played a crucial part in the political evolution of modern Europe, yet its stance has often been ambivalent: sometimes glad to be part of "European civilization" but at other times rejoicing in the blessings of insularity. This book breaks new ground in tracing the evoloving and contested understandings both of Britain and of Europe on the part of politicians, diplomats, historians, and travellers in the centuries since the French Revolution. It is at once a discussion of the foreign policy of the United Kingdom—an independent sovereign state in its relations with 'the continent' during its imperial hey-day and after—and a study of the historical perceptions, experiences and assumptions that preceded, and now accompany and complicate its participation in the European Union. The debate over Britain and Europe has long lacked depth and this book supplies it!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“This is a striking achievement. Surveying a vast canvas in consistently readable prose, Professor Robbins offers thought-provoking answers to a question that concerns us all: how has Britain seen itself in relation to 'Europe' in modern times? It is no mean feat of organization to combine coverage of diplomacy and politics with passages on industrialization and tourism, meanwhile keeping in focus subjects such as religion and pacifism that in other hands might not have been accorded the significance they deserve. It is a pleasure to find his text studded with examples of his own dry wit.” —Simon Dixon, Professor of History, Leeds University

“This is a very cogent and scholarly piece of work that will prove to be a valuable addition to the existing literature. It is engagingly and elegantly written, and moves along smoothly like a Rolls Royce engine.” —Thomas Otte, Reviews Editor, Diplomacy and Statecraft

Simon Dixon

This is a striking achievement. Surveying a vast canvas in consistently readable prose, Professor Robbins offers thought-provoking answers to a question that concerns us all: how has Britain seen itself in relation to 'Europe' in modern times? It is no mean feat of organization to combine coverage of diplomacy and politics with passages on industrialization and tourism, meanwhile keeping in focus subjects such as religion and pacifism that in other hands might not have been accorded the significance they deserve. It is a pleasure to find his text studded with examples of his own dry wit.
Thomas Otte

This is a very cogent and scholarly piece of work that will prove to be a valuable addition to the existing literature. It is engagingly and elegantly written, and moves along smoothly like a Rolls Royce engine.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780340577868
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
11/01/2005
Series:
Britain and Europe Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.17(h) x 0.66(d)

Meet the Author

Keith Robbins was formerly Vice-Chancellor of University of Wales, Lampeter and an Honorary Professorial Fellow in the Departments of History and Theology/Religious Studies.

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