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Diplomacy and World Power

Diplomacy and World Power
Studies in British Foreign Policy, 1890–1951


Michael Dockrill, Brian McKercher, Valerie Cromwell, Keith Robbins, Richard Langhorne, Keith Neilson, Eric Goldstein, Donald Cameron Watt, David Reynolds, Geoffrey Warner
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  • Date Published: July 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521529341

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  • This volume deals with aspects of British foreign policy from the late nineteenth century to the beginning of the Cold War in keeping with the scholarship of Dr Zara Steiner, to whom the book is offered as a tribute. The contributors are all well-established experts in the study of diplomacy and foreign policy, and their essays cover a wide variety of themes, from the influence of ambassadors on British foreign policy to the relations between Britain and the Soviet Union from 1941 to 1948. The book thus covers the half century from Britain's pre-eminent position as a world power at the end of the nineteenth century to her relative 'decline' during and after the Second World War.

    • A group of highly original contributions which will revise current thinking about British foreign policy
    • The contributors are well-known to academics as leading writers on British foreign policy
    • The book covers a long span of British history, from the reign of Queen Victoria to World War II
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    • Date Published: July 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521529341
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Michael Dockrill and Brian McKercher
    2. 'A world apart': gentlemen amateurs, professional generalists Valerie Cromwell
    3. 'Experiencing the foreign': British foreign policy makers and the delights of travel Keith Robbins
    4. Arbitration: the first phase, 1870–1914 Richard Langhorne
    5. 'Only a d....d marionette'?: the influence of ambassadors on British foreign policy, 1904–1914 Keith Neilson
    6. Old diplomacy and new: the Foreign Office and foreign policy, 1919–1939 Brian McKercher
    7. The evolution of British diplomatic strategy for the Locarno Pact, 1924–1925 Eric Goldstein
    8. Chamberlain's ambassadors Donald Cameron Watt
    9. The British Foreign Office and France during the 'phoney war', September 1939–May 1940 Michael Dockrill
    10. Churchill the appeaser? Between Hitler, Roosevelt and Stalin in the Second World War David Reynolds
    11. From ally to enemy: Britain and the Soviet Union, 1941–1948 Geoffrey Warner
    Biographical notes.

  • Editors

    Michael L. Dockrill, King's College London

    Brian J. C. McKercher, Royal Military College of Canada, Ontario


    Michael Dockrill, Brian McKercher, Valerie Cromwell, Keith Robbins, Richard Langhorne, Keith Neilson, Eric Goldstein, Donald Cameron Watt, David Reynolds, Geoffrey Warner

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