In the Midst of Events: The Foreign Office Diaries and Papers of Kenneth Younger, February 1950-October 1951

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Psychology Press, 2005 - History - 123 pages
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The years 1950 and 1951 were significant in Britain's Post-war foreign policy. The Cold War was at its height, the Korean War was beginning and German rearmament was a contentious issue. At the same time, Britain's ambiguous relations with Europe were becoming apparent during discussions over the Schuman Plan, and the dispute with Iran over oil revenue was becoming increasingly hostile. During this period, Kenneth Younger was the no. 2 minister at the Foreign Office, meaning his diaries offer a unique insight into world events at a time when Britain could still claim to be an international power. In this book, Younger's papers have been collected for the first time, and his incisive analysis and vivid descriptions of event and personalities make this essential reading for anyone interested in the post-war period. This primary source is also of relevance to present day issues of foreign policy, particularly in its shred evaluations of the pros and cons of the 'special relationship' between Britain andthe United States.

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