Clinging to Grandeur: British Attitudes and Foreign Policy in the aftermath of the Second World War


An innovative study of the forces that shape the decisions of foreign policy leaders, this book examines the attitudes of British policy makers after World War II and considers their impact on foreign and economic policy. Blackwell analyzes the origins of the Foreign Office officials' traditional attitudes about Britain's preeminent position in international affairs and draws a distinction between the cognitive and affective components of these attitudes. Finding that Britain could no longer play a major part in influencing world events, yet unwilling to contemplate a more modest role, policymakers accommodated their attitudinal conflicts by seeking the illusion of power. The work should be of interest to those concerned with the implications for contemporary U.S. policy as well as to British historians.

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