How does one of the world's greatest powers preserve its status and influence when international conditions are unfavourable and its resources do not match its commitments? This was Britain's burden in the 1970s and 1980s when the international order was transformed. Much became unsettled and Britain had to adapt policy to suit new needs and opportunities.
Michael J. Turner elucidates the efforts that were made to maximise Britain's role on those matters and in those parts of the world that were of special importance to British strategy, prosperity and security. He examines key decisions and their consequences and places British policy-making in an international context, suggesting that British leaders were more successful in preserving power and prestige on the world stage than has sometimes been appreciated.
About the Author
MICHAEL TURNER is Roy Carroll Distinguished Professor of British History at Appalachian State University, USA.
Table of Contents
Introduction: 'Doomed steadily to diminish'? 1
1 Accommodating Change 10
2 Questions of Defence and Détente 28
3 The Beginning of a New World Order? 46
4 Quarrelling with Allies 64
5 Confronting the Soviets 84
6 Multipolarity and Nuclear Weapons 107
7 The Approach of Victory in the Cold War 132
8 Extra-European Affairs 153
9 Dealing with the Middle East 177
10 The Falklands Crisis: Causes and Consequences 198
Select Bibliography 274
What People are Saying About This
Michael Turner presents an important and valuable discussion on the changing roles of the countries that used to run the world.' - John Williams, East Carolina University, USA