By Saki Dockrill
This publication, in response to lately declassified records in Britain and america, is the 1st specific account of Britain's East of Suez determination, which was once taken by way of the Harold Wilson govt in 1967-68. opposite to got opinion, the writer argues that the choice was once now not taken swiftly as a result November 1967 devaluation. neither is there any not easy proof to aid the suggestion that there existed a 'Pound-Defence' care for america. regardless of Washington's strain to take care of Britain's East of Suez function, the choice used to be taken by means of the Labour govt at the foundation of a long term attempt to reconsider Britain's international function considering that 1959, and it marked the tip of an period for postwar Britain.
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Britain’s Retreat from East of Suez: The Choice between Europe and the World? by Saki Dockrill