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The Ambiguities of Power
British Foreign Policy Since 1945


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The Ambiguities of Power
British Foreign Policy Since 1945

by Mark Curtis (Author)



ISBN: 9781856493475


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This is a radical critique of the way in which British foreign policy has operated since 1945.

Using formerly secret government documents and independent sources, this historical study argues for a radically revised understanding of Post-war British foreign policy. Dr Curtis shows that, contrary to the impression usually conveyed by both academic writing and press coverage, British policy, in both intention and effect, had been far removed from the principles it has conventionally been assumed to be based upon: the pursuit of peace, the promotion of democracy and human rights, and the relief of poverty. The book covers the whole of the post-war period. It examines British foreigh policy planners' aims abd interventions in a host of Third World countries, as well as looking at the special relationship with the United States. The study is brought up to date with an examination of the war against Iraq, policy towards Indonesia/East Timor and Britain's role in the new Pax Americana.


ISBN 1856493474
ISBN13 9781856493475
Publisher Zed Books Ltd
Format Hardback
Publication date 01/08/1995
Pages 256
Weight (grammes) 374
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 216
Width (mm) 138

Post-war system: aims and priorities
threats and remedies. The colonial imperative: colonialism under decolonization
controlling the Middle East - the early years. Irrelevance of human rights: unpeople
the special relationship - US aggression, British support. The current era: the practice of international support
the ongoing war.