British National Identity and Opposition to Membership of by Robert F. Dewey Jr

By Robert F. Dewey Jr

This publication 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 basic de Gaulle's veto of Britain's program for club in January 1963. specifically, this examine examines the function of nationwide identification in shaping either the formula and articulation of arguments recommend via those competitors of Britain's policy.
To date, reviews of Britain's unsuccessful bid for access have occupied with excessive political research of international relations and coverage formula. In such a lot money owed, simply passing reference is made to family competition. This publication redresses the stability by means of delivering a extra whole depiction of the competition circulation and a particular process that proceeds from a 'low political' point of view. As such, the ebook emphasises protest and populism of the type exercised by way of, between others, Fleet road crusaders on the day-by-day show, strain teams resembling the Anti-Common marketplace League and ahead Britain stream, specialist pundits like A. J. P. Taylor, Sir Arthur Bryant and William Pickles, in addition to constituency activists, self sufficient parliamentary applicants, pamphleteers, letter writers and maverick MPs.
In its attention of a bunch mostly missed in earlier money owed, the booklet presents crucial insights into the highbrow, structural, populist and nationalist dimensions of early Euroscepticism. The publication should be of important curiosity to either students and scholars of nationwide identification, Britain's dating with Europe and the Commonwealth, strain teams and celebration politics, and the trajectory of the Eurosceptic phenomenon.

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