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Continental Drift : Britain and Europe from the End of Empire to the Rise of Euroscepticism, Hardback Book

Continental Drift : Britain and Europe from the End of Empire to the Rise of Euroscepticism Hardback


In the aftermath of the Second World War, Churchill sought to lead Europe into an integrated union, but just over seventy years later, Britain is poised to vote on leaving the EU.

Benjamin Grob-Fitzgibbon here recounts the fascinating history of Britain's uneasy relationship with the European continent since the end of the war.

He shows how British views of the United Kingdom's place within Europe cannot be understood outside of the context of decolonization, the Cold War, and the Anglo-American relationship.

At the end of the Second World War, Britons viewed themselves both as the leaders of a great empire and as the natural centre of Europe.

With the decline of the British Empire and the formation of the European Economic Community, however, Britons developed a Euroscepticism that was inseparable from a post-imperial nostalgia.

Britain had evolved from an island of imperial Europeans to one of post-imperial Eurosceptics.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 601 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9781107071261



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