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review Britain's Europe A Thousand Years of Conflict and Cooperation Ñ eBook or Kindle ePUB ½ [Read] ➱ Britain's Europe A Thousand Years of Conflict and Cooperation Author Brendan Simms – Britain has always had a tangled complex paradoxical role in Europe's hiThousand MOBI #243 British relations with the European Union and the how far from being a narrowly legalistic or financial concern a referendum on continued membership raises all kinds of fascinating uestions about both the Europe A Thousand Years of MOBI #204 United Kingdom's own horizons and what it can offer to the Union's vision of itself Britain's Europe is a vital intervention at a moment of both great danger and great opportunity. This is a good and accessible potted history of Britain focusing on the relationship with Continental Europe and the drivers for English later British policies towards Europe The author makes reference many times to the widely expressed idea that a crucial factor in English British policy over the centuries has been the desire to prevent powerful rivals from acuiring control of the Channel ports on the continent But he also introduced some ideas that are new to me such as the idea that these footholds on the continent can be considered part of the British hinterland and the repeated conflicts within British politics between those focusing on the continent and those focused on the maritime destiny and empireWell worth a read especially as we all struggle to understand the post Brexit future

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Urope Kindle the 'Liberties of Europe' Dynastically Britain has been closely linked to countries as varied as Spain the Netherlands Germany and FranceIn this bracing and highly enjoyable book Brendan Simms describes the highlights and low points in the Euro British encounter from the Dark Ages to the present The critical importance of understanding this history is shown in the final chapter which dramatizes the issues around Europe A. For a millennium security in Europe has been Britain's key foreign policy goal and the relationship with Europe has played a profound role in shaping Britain's internal politics and sovereigntyShape of Intra islands polities driven by response to Europe Eg 1707 act of union to forestall Scottish French Jacobite alliance Devolution popular during period of European peace and cooperation so safe to develop Scottish identity within thatEngland's ability to tax and internal consensus building pre democratic structures gave her unusual power compared to her size from early times Empire has acted as a source of wealth and power to employ for security in Europe eg Financing Napoleonic warsLong conservative policy aim of imperialAtlantic growth vrs whiggish involvement in Europe European security Long seen as keeping Low Countries secure from control by foreign power to protect European invasion ports extended to Rhine Elbe Europe union eastern borders Long theme of EnglishBritish exceptionalism supporting European structures but not subsumed by them Opposite to the above long theme of seeing importance of Protestant or liberal or democratic internal set ups in other European countries as political systems close to our own From 1620s dissatisfaction with Charles not supporting Protestants in German Palatinate to Blair as president of Europe sorting Yugoslavia Long aim to balance powers in Europe includes big drama of Germany going from too weak to over powerfulMany famous politicians defined by their reaction to Europe; all with views on the subject Generally very persuasive Sometimes understates the counterCase Eg Locarno nineteen twenty five 1925 Britain takes role of guarantor of security but does not argue how Britain failed that role Strangely out of place final chapter argues for union of eurozone countries to solve challenges of Russia no constitution behind currency strong borders against immigration which Britain should stand outside

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Britain's Europe A Thousand Years of Conflict and CooperationBritain has always had A Thousand PDFEPUB #187 a tangled complex paradoxical role in Europe's history It has invaded and been invaded changed sides stood aloof acted with both brazen cynicism and the cloudiest idealism Every century troops from the British isles have marched across the mainland in pursuit of a great complex of different goals foremost among them the intertwined defence of parliamentary liberty in Britain and Britain's E. An interesting account on the history of BritainEngland and Europe Simms shows nicely how english political thinking was almost at all times dominated by the European threat and that the English Sonderweg was therefore always a reaction to Europe liberalism the fiscal state colonialism all of that In the last two chapters Simms attempts to draw conclusions from this common history which I find myself largely disagreeing with He assumes that only a british European Union can have a future therefore denying much political progress of the last 200 years The british model worked in 1707 and in America in the 1780s Why should it still be the only viable option for the EU in 2016