This is a succinct, timely introduction to one of the most highly charged political questions which has dominated British politics since 1945: Britain's position in Europe. The study traces the evolution of British policy towards Europe since 1945, presenting the full international context as well as the impact on domestic party politics - including an analysis of the divisions in the Conservative Party under John Major.
Part One: The Background. 1. Britain and Europe Before 1945. Part Two: Britain and Europe Since 1945. 2. Labour's Europe 1945-51. 3.The Conservatives' Europe 1951-57. 4. Macmillan and the First Application 1957-64
5. Wilson and the Second Application 1964-70. 6. Heath and British Entry 1970-74. 7. The Labour Governments 1974-79. 8. The Thatcher Governments 1979-90. 9. The Major Governments 1990-97. 10. The Blair Government 1997- Part Three: Assessment. 11. The Long Road to Europe. Chronology. Glossary. Part Four: Documents. Biblliography. Index.