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Contemporary History in Context

Britain's Withdrawal From East of Suez

Authors: Pickering, J.

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After 1945, Britain maintained a great chain of overseas military outposts stretching from the Suez Canal to Singapore. Commonly termed the `east of Suez' role, this chain had long been thought to be crucial for the country's security and its vitality. Nonetheless, British leaders eventually decided to abandon this network of bases. This study provides the most comprehensive explanation of this pivotal decision to date, while also offering insight into the processes of foreign policy change and the decline of great powers.

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Jeffrey Pickering is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Kansas State University.

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`Pickering's study provides a compelling theoretical framework for understanding the process of great power retrenchment. By examining the interplay between economic decline, the Suez crisis, and domestic politics, Pickering demonstrates convincingly that more than one factor was at work in explaining Britain's withdrawal from its military network east of Suez. The institutional restructuring which took place in Britain after 1945, and which was intended to preserve Britain's role east of Suez, instead hastened its withdrawal.' - Lawrence LeDuc, Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto, for the Samuel H. Beer prize committee

'This important and stimulating study, grounded meticulously in archival research and interviews, makes a significant contribution to the literature in two key areas. Firstly, by focusing on the process of domestic politics and coalition-building within the Cabinet, rather than simply economic determinism, it provides a new, and much more convincing, explanation for one of the most important events in twentieth century British foreign policy: the withdrawal from `east of Suez'. Secondly, by building on the work of Bruce Russett and Paul Kennedy, it provides a more comprehensive understanding, not simply of British retrenchment in the 1960s' but of contemporary great power over-extension and decline in general. It will be of interest to a wide range of students in the diplomatic history and international relations fields.' - Professor John Baylis, University of Wales, Aberystwyth


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: Perspectives on the Withdrawal from World Power

    Pickering, Jeffrey

    Pages 1-17

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  • Decline and the Politics of Retrenchment

    Pickering, Jeffrey

    Pages 18-42

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  • The Return to Normalcy: Postwar British Strategy

    Pickering, Jeffrey

    Pages 43-59

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  • Holding Course: The Labour Government of 1945–51 and the Struggle over Strategy

    Pickering, Jeffrey

    Pages 60-87

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  • Reappraisal: The Suez Crisis and its Aftermath, 1957–60

    Pickering, Jeffrey

    Pages 88-117

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eBook 139,99 €
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Hardcover 164,99 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Britain's Withdrawal From East of Suez
Authors
Series Title
Contemporary History in Context
Copyright
1998
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-333-99548-8
DOI
10.1057/9780333995488
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-333-69526-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 230
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