Euroscepticism in Contemporary British Politics: Opposition to Europe in the British Conservative and Labour Parties Since 1945

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Business & Economics - 157 pages

Anthony Forster argues that euroscepticism, in addition to being a political stance, displays the seeds of becoming a new faith. Through a detailed analysis of British post-war politics, he shows the development of a core set of beliefs, a history of persecution, displays of moral rectitude in opposing Europe and the power of scepticism to change existing beliefs.
This challenging new history of euroscepticism will be a valuable resource for undergraduate students of politics and European studies.

 

Contents

1 Defining and explaining Euroscepticism
1
2 Opposition to Europe 19451969
10
3 British entry to the Common Market 19701974
32
4 The referendum on Britains continued membership of the European Community
48
5 Changing attitudes to Europe 19791990
63
6 The struggle against Political Union 19901993
83
7 The struggle against Monetary Union 19922001
106
8 Patterns and trends in Euroscepticism
129
Bibliography
144
Index
151
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Anthony Forster is Director of Research at the Defence Studies Department, King's College London. Since 1997 he has been Professor Invité at the Institut Supérieur des affaires de défense, Université Panthéon Assas (Université Paris II). He is the author of Britain and Maastricht Negotiations (Palgrave: 1999); and The Making of Britain's European Foreign Policy (Longman: 2001) with Alasdair Blair.