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The Foreign Office, Commerce and British Foreign Policy in the Twentieth Century

Editors: Fisher, John, Pedaliu, Effie G. H., Smith, Richard (Eds.)

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  • International coverage, with the chapters giving broad geographical scope
  • International cast of contributors - drawn from institutions in the UK, Europe and North America
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This book addresses the interface of the British Foreign Office, foreign policy and commerce in the twentieth century. Two related questions are considered: what did the Foreign Office do to support British commerce, and how did commerce influence British foreign policy? The editors of this work collect a range of case studies that explore the attitude of the Foreign Office towards commerce and trade promotion, against the backdrop of a century of relative economic decline, while also considering the role of British diplomats in creating markets and supporting UK firms. This highly researched and detailed examination is designed for readers aiming to comprehend the role that commerce played in Britain’s foreign relations, in a century when trade and commerce have become an inseparable element in foreign and security policies.

About the authors

John Fisher is Associate Head of History at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), UK, and the author of several books, including British Diplomacy and the Descent into Chaos (2012).

Effie G. H. Pedaliu is Fellow at LSE IDEAS, UK. She specialises in international history; the Cold War; Mediterranean Security; British and American Cold War diplomacy and strategy.

Richard Smith is Senior Historian at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, UK, and editor of Documents on British Policy Overseas.

Table of contents (25 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Fisher, John (et al.)

    Pages 1-24

  • “A Kind of Black Hole”?: Commercial Diplomacy Before 1914

    Otte, T. G.

    Pages 25-68

  • In Pursuit of National Security: The Foreign Office and Middle Eastern Oil, 1908–39

    Venn, Fiona

    Pages 69-87

  • The De Bunsen Mission to South America, 1918

    Fisher, John

    Pages 89-114

  • The Age of Illusion? The Department of Overseas Trade Between the Two World Wars: Three Case Studies

    Lojko, Miklos

    Pages 115-140

Buy this book

eBook £87.50
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-46581-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £109.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-46580-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Foreign Office, Commerce and British Foreign Policy in the Twentieth Century
Editors
  • John Fisher
  • Effie G. H. Pedaliu
  • Richard Smith
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-46581-8
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-46581-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-46580-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 594
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations
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