British national identity and opposition to membership of by Robert F. , Jr Dewey

By Robert F. , Jr Dewey

This booklet presents a entire research of the competitors of Britain’s first try and subscribe to the eu financial neighborhood (EEC), among the declaration of Harold Macmillan’s new coverage initiative in July 1961 and normal de Gaulle’s veto of Britain’s software for club in January 1963. particularly, this research examines the position of nationwide identification in shaping either the formula and articulation of arguments recommend via those competitors of Britain’s coverage. so far, reports of Britain’s unsuccessful bid for access have eager about excessive political research of international relations and coverage formula. In so much money owed, basically passing reference is made to family competition. This ebook redresses the stability by way of offering a extra whole depiction of the competition circulation and a particular process that proceeds from a ‘low political’ point of view. As such, the booklet emphasises protest and populism of the type exercised via, between others, Fleet highway crusaders on the day-by-day show, strain teams similar to the Anti-Common marketplace League and ahead Britain flow, specialist pundits like A. J. P. Taylor, Sir Arthur Bryant and William Pickles, in addition to constituency activists, self sustaining parliamentary applicants, pamphleteers, letter writers and maverick MPs. In its attention of a bunch mostly neglected in earlier debts, the publication offers crucial insights into the highbrow, structural, populist and nationalist dimensions of early Euroscepticism. The ebook should be of important curiosity to either students and scholars of nationwide identification, Britain’s dating with Europe and the Commonwealth, strain teams and get together politics, and the trajectory of the Eurosceptic phenomenon.

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