Cross Channel Currents: 100 Years of the Entente Cordiale

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Psychology Press, 2004 - History - 314 pages
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Cross Channel Currents explores the understandings and misunderstandings that make up the Entente Cordiale - the hundred-year relationship between Britain and France, as well as the everyday common interests and shared pleasures that give it substance.

Contributors include the late Roy Jenkins, in a witty and personal view of Winston Churchill's relationship with France; Pierre Messmer, a companion of Charles de Gaulle during World War II and later his prime minister; former Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd, who remembers the historic meeting of Edward Heath and Georges Pompidou; Hubert Vedrine, a former French foreign minister, on the difficulties of cross-Channel relations; and their successors Dominique de Villepin and Jack Straw.
 

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Contents

The German Threat
23
Christopher Andrew and Paul Vallet
32
The 1920s
71
The 1930s
79
Raphaele UlrichPier
86
Roy Jenkins
98
De Gaulle and Britain
109
PaulMarie de La Gone
115
France and Britain Decolonise
143
Jean Monnet
161
Mitterrand Thatcher and the Berlin Wall
181
Franglais and Amerenglish
205
A View from the Quai dOrsay
233
Hubert Vedrine
240
H Bell
255
Towards a New Alliance
281

Franfois Kersaudy
121
H Roderick Kedward
132
The End of Empire 194597
141
Envoi
288
About the Contributors
298
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Douglas Johnson is professor emeritus of French history, University of London.
Richard Mayne is a writer and broadcaster. He was personal assistant to Jean Monnet, a senior official of the European Commission, and for six years its UK representative.
Robert Tombs is a reader in French history at the University of Cambridge, and the author of France 1814-1914 (1996).

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