Six Moments of Crisis: Inside British Foreign Policy

Paperback | June 4, 2014

byGill Bennett

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Former Whitehall insider Gill Bennett unravels the story of six crucial British foreign policy challenges since the Second World War, from the Korean War to the Falklands conflict, offering an inside account of episodes that shaped Britain's position in the world for decades to come - and insome cases still arouse controversy to this day. Lifting the lid on the making of British foreign policy from Clement Attlee to Margaret Thatcher, Bennett reveals each decision in a way that has never been done before: telling the story from the inside out and without hindsight. The result is a book that explains not just why these controversialdecisions were taken, but one that shows us how history is actually made - and also just how difficult these big decisions really were. Gill Bennett considers exactly what ministers knew at the time; how personal experience, relationships, past events and prevailing circumstance influenced the decision-making process; and how the balance of history was tipped in each case: by argument, moral imperative, obligation - or even sheerforce of personality.

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Former Whitehall insider Gill Bennett unravels the story of six crucial British foreign policy challenges since the Second World War, from the Korean War to the Falklands conflict, offering an inside account of episodes that shaped Britain's position in the world for decades to come - and insome cases still arouse controversy to this d...

Gill Bennett, MA, OBE was Chief Historian of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1995-2005, and Senior Editor of the UK's official history of British foreign policy, Documents on British Policy Overseas. As a historian working in government for over thirty years, she offered historical advice to twelve Foreign Secretaries under s...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:June 4, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019870089X

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Challenging Communism: Britain sends land forces to Korea, July 19502. Challenging Nasser: the Suez crisis, July 19563. Challenging de Gaulle: Britain applies to join the EEC, July 19614. Challenging Britain's world role: the decision to withdraw from East of Suez, January 19685. Challenging the KGB: Operation FOOT, September 19716. Challenging the Argentines: The decision to send a Task Force to the Falklands, April 1982ConclusionNotesBibliographyIndex

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`Oxonian Bennett (Somerville, 1969) lifts the lid on how six crucial decisions were taken, and not just why. She concludes that British foreign policy is subject to deep continuity.'Oxford Today Vol. 25 No. 2