Manchester University Press 2003. Young, John W. Book condition: as new, unmarked and undamaged. Dust Jacket condition: as new.
This second volume in the series of three, concentrates on Britain's international policy during Harold Wilson's Labour governments in the 1960s. The coverage ranges from defence policy and the government machine to European integration, NATO and the Vietnam War. Harold Wilson and his ministers have often been accused of betraying the sense of promise that greeted their victory in 1964. Using recently released archival evidence, Young argues that a more balanced view of the government should recognize the real difficulties that surrounded decision-making, not only on Vietnam, but also on Aden, the Nigerian Civil War and Rhodesia.;Economic weakness, military strength that was definitely waning, Cold War tensions and the need to placate allies all placed limits on what a once-great but clearly declining power could achieve. Furthermore, the government proved of pivotal importance in the history of Britain's international role, in that it presided over a major shift of focus from positions east of Suez to European concerns, a focus that has remained until the present day.;This book should be of benefit to students of British history and international relations during this exciting period. Together with the other books in the series, on domestic and economic policy, it provides a complete picture of the development of Britain under the premiership of Harold Wilson.