Uneasy Allies: British-German Relations and European Integration Since 1945 by Klaus LarresUneasy Allies: British-German Relations and European Integration Since 1945 by Klaus Larres

Uneasy Allies: British-German Relations and European Integration Since 1945

EditorKlaus Larres, Elizabeth Meehan

Hardcover | March 16, 2000

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Throughout the second half of the 20th century, fundamental differences in values and policy can be discerned in British-German relations. For historical, political, and economic reasons, the collective memories of both nations have retained very different identities and attitudes towards eachother and towards the European continent and European integration. Yet, Britain is one of the most significant European partners for Germany and Germany is of great importance for Britains role in Europe. This book focuses on the influence of European integration on the policies of Britain andGermany towards each other. It considers British-German relations in the context of European integration in their historical dimensions since 1945. Britains ambiguous policy towards the GDR and Mrs Thatchers opposition to German unification are also discussed. In particular, the book focuses on thepost-1990 relationship and examines the political, security related, economic and financial as well as the social aspects of the dynamic British-German relations in an ever more interdependent world. The influence of the US and France on both Germany and Britain and their European policies istherefore considered in detail. This book offers interesting and challenging insights into the evolution of British-German relations within the context of European integration in the post-Second World War and post-Unification era. The book argues that throughout the latter half of the twentiethcentury Britain and Germany can be characterised as uneasy allies. It is only since the late 1990s Britain and Germany appear to have become genuine partners in the context of European integration.
Klaus Larres, Reader in Politics at Queen's University, Belfast
Title:Uneasy Allies: British-German Relations and European Integration Since 1945Format:HardcoverPublished:March 16, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

I. Introduction1. K. Larres: Uneasy Allies or Genuine Partners? Britain, Germany and European IntegrationII. The Cold War Relationship2. A. Deighton: British-West German Relations, 1945-19723. J. Smith and G. Edwards: British-West German Relations, 1972-19894. K. Larres: Britain and the GDR: Political and Economic Relations, 1949-19895. [L.Kettenacker, GHI London]: Britain and German Unification, 1989/90III. The Post-Cold War Relationship: Politics and Security since 19906. J. Buller and C. Jeffery: The Transition to the Post-Cold War World: Britain, Germany and the Deepening of Europe:The Role of Domestic Norms and Institutions7. J. Pinder: The Eastern Enlargement of the EU8. V. Ingimundarson: The American Dimension: Britain, Germany, and the Reinforcement of US Hegemony in Europe in the 1990s9. E. Kirchner: NATO or WEU? The Security Policy Framework since 1990IV. The Post-Cold War Relationship: The Economic and Social Dimension since 199010. J. Leaman: Industrial and Commercial Cultures in Britain and Germany: Rivalry or Reconcilability?11. E. Meehan: European Union Social Policy: German and British Perspectives on Industrial Democracy12. I. Begg and M. Woods: The Creation of the Single Market and Britain's Withdrawal from the EMS13. P. McCourt and G. Radcliffe: Financial Reporting and Accounting Harmonisation in Germany and the UK: A Comparative Analysis14. R. Harmsen and N. Reinhardt: Negotiating the Intergovernmental Conferences: Maastricht, Amsterdam, and Beyond

Editorial Reviews

`This book is certainly informative and covers the whole spectrum of issues that impact upon British-German relations.' Kerry Longhurst, Royal Inst. of Int. Affairs, Vol.76, No.4, Oct. 2000.