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The Polish Crisis and Relations with Eastern Europe, 1979-1982: Documents on British Policy Overseas, Series III, Volume X

The Polish Crisis and Relations with Eastern Europe, 1979-1982: Documents on British Policy Overseas, Series III, Volume X

Isabelle Tombs, Richard Smith
March 01, 2017

This volume presents a collection of diplomatic documents describing Britain’s relations with Eastern Europe from 1979 to 1982, with special focus on the crisis in Poland. After coming to power in 1979, the Conservative Government of Margaret Thatcher reaffirmed a policy of ‘differentiation’...

European Recovery and the Search for Western Security, 1946-1948: Documents on British Policy Overseas, Series I, Volume XI

European Recovery and the Search for Western Security, 1946-1948: Documents on British Policy Overseas, Series I, Volume XI

Gill Bennett, Patrick Salmon
December 02, 2016

This volume documents the British Government’s response from mid-1946 to early 1948 to the twin challenges of economic recovery and the search for a meaningful Western security framework in the face of the increasing polarisation of Europe into Eastern and Western spheres of influence. Although...

The Challenge of Apartheid: UK–South African Relations, 1985–1986: Documents on British Policy Overseas. Series III, Volume IX

The Challenge of Apartheid: UK–South African Relations, 1985–1986: Documents on British Policy Overseas. Series III, Volume IX

Patrick Salmon
September 26, 2016

This volume examines diplomatic relations between the United Kingdom and South Africa during one of the most turbulent periods of the apartheid era. The crisis of apartheid that began in 1984 provoked international outrage on an unprecedented scale. This volume documents the attempt by the British...

Detente in Europe, 1972-1976: Documents on British Policy Overseas, Series III, Volume III

Detente in Europe, 1972-1976: Documents on British Policy Overseas, Series III, Volume III

Gill Bennett, Keith A. Hamilton
January 21, 2016

Drawing on records of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, this work focuses on Britain's role in the Mutual and Balanced Force Reductions in Vienna, and British policy towards the Soviet Union and its satellites. British reactions to detente between the superpowers are charted....

In Victory, Magnanimity, in Peace, Goodwill: A History of Wilton Park

In Victory, Magnanimity, in Peace, Goodwill: A History of Wilton Park

Richard Mayne
September 12, 2014

Wilton Park was once a secret camp for interrogating enemy generals during World War II. But it took on its true, unique role in 1946 as a training centre for German prisoners-of-war. This volume tells of its history and the extraordinary life of Heinz Koeppler, its founding father....

The Brussels and North Atlantic Treaties, 1947-1949: Documents on British Policy Overseas, Series I, Volume X

The Brussels and North Atlantic Treaties, 1947-1949: Documents on British Policy Overseas, Series I, Volume X

Tony Insall, Patrick Salmon
August 14, 2014

This volume documents the drafting, negotiation and signature of the treaty that has been the cornerstone of European defence for the past sixty-five years: the North Atlantic Treaty signed in April 1949. The story begins at the end of 1947, when the British Foreign Secretary, Ernest Bevin,...

Britain and China 1945-1950: Documents on British Policy Overseas, Series I Volume VIII

Britain and China 1945-1950: Documents on British Policy Overseas, Series I Volume VIII

S.R. Ashton, G. Bennett, K. Hamilton
July 17, 2014

An examination of Britain's relations with China from the end of the World War II to the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950. This volume demonstrates how Britain's effort to recover something of its pre-war commercial pre-eminence in China were handicapped by its post-war financial weakness....

The Southern Flank in Crisis, 1973-1976: Series III, Volume V: Documents on British Policy Overseas

The Southern Flank in Crisis, 1973-1976: Series III, Volume V: Documents on British Policy Overseas

Keith Hamilton, Patrick Salmon
July 17, 2014

A fascinating collection of British foreign policy documents covering reactions in Whitehall to political change and revolution in the Mediterranean basin from 1973 to 1976. This volume contains many previously unpublished documents, including Joint Intelligence Committee papers, which cast new...

The Nordic Countries: From War to Cold War, 1944–51: Documents on British Policy Overseas, Series I, Vol. IX

The Nordic Countries: From War to Cold War, 1944–51: Documents on British Policy Overseas, Series I, Vol. IX

Tony Insall, Patrick Salmon
November 11, 2013

This book is a collection of diplomatic documents describing the development of British relations with the Nordic countries between the end of the Second World War and the defeat of the Labour Government in 1951. The end of the Second World War brought hopes of building a new society in Western...

The Invasion of Afghanistan and UK-Soviet Relations, 1979-1982: Documents on British Policy Overseas, Series III, Volume VIII

The Invasion of Afghanistan and UK-Soviet Relations, 1979-1982: Documents on British Policy Overseas, Series III, Volume VIII

Richard Smith, Patrick Salmon, Stephen Robert Twigge
October 29, 2013

This volume examines British policy towards the Soviet Union in the aftermath of the invasion of Afghanistan in December 1979. The documents in this volume, many released into the public realm for the first time, describe the development of British policy towards the Soviet Union during the...

Transformational Diplomacy after the Cold War: Britain’s Know How Fund in Post-Communist Europe, 1989-2003

Transformational Diplomacy after the Cold War: Britain’s Know How Fund in Post-Communist Europe, 1989-2003

Keith Hamilton
April 02, 2013

This book examines the 'Know How Fund', Britain’s bilateral technical assistance programme in post-communist central and eastern Europe, devised in response to the end of the Cold War. The Know How Fund (KHF) was the technical assistance programme which Margaret Thatcher’s government launched in...

German Unification 1989-90: Documents on British Policy Overseas, Series III, Volume VII

German Unification 1989-90: Documents on British Policy Overseas, Series III, Volume VII

Patrick Salmon, Keith Hamilton, Stephen Robert Twigge
January 31, 2012

This volume is comprised of a collection of diplomatic documents covering British reactions to, and policy towards, the collapse of the German Democratic Republic and the unification of Germany in 1989-90. The peaceful unification of Germany in 1989-90 brought a dramatic end to the Cold War. This...

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