A fast moving narrative History Britain And of Britain and on the dry side and it moves so uickly that I hadn t chance to absorb one development before the story moved on Interesting in the light of the EU referendum although written before with a clear authorial viewpoint which I didn t always agree with even though I think he comes down for remain as I did For a millennium security in Europe has been Britain s key foreign olicy goal and the relationship with Europe has One Day in December played arofound role in shaping Britain s internal Alamo Story: From Early History to Current Conflicts politics and sovereigntyShape of Intra islandsolities driven by response to Europe Eg 1707 act of union to forestall Scottish French Jacobite alliance Devolution opular during eriod of European Isabel de Solis, Soraya: Un Cuento de Amor En La Alhambra peace and cooperation so safe to develop Scottish identity within thatEngland s ability to tax and internal consensus buildingre democratic structures gave her unusual ower compared to her size from
EARLY TIMES EMPIRE HAS ACTED AS A SOURCE OF times Empire has acted as a source of and ower to employ for security in Europe eg Financing Napoleonic warsLong conservative The First Secret of Edwin Hoff policy aim of imperialAtlantic growth vrs whiggish involvement in Europe European security Long seen as keeping Low Countries secure from control by foreignower to rotect European invasion orts extended to Rhine Elbe Europe union eastern borders Long theme of EnglishBritish exceptionali. Britain has always had a tangled complex aradoxical 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 ursuit of a great complex of different goals foremost among them the intertwined defence of arliamentary liberty in Britain. ,
Sm supporting 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 olitical systems close to our own From 1620s dissatisfaction with Charles not supporting Protestants in German Palatinate to Blair as resident of Europe sorting Yugoslavia Long aim to balance owers in Europe includes big drama of Germany going from too weak to over Lignin Biodegradation: Microbiology, Chemistry, and Potential Applications: Volume II powerfulMany famousoliticians defined by their reaction to Europe all with views on the subject Generally very Something Wicked 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 oflace 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 This is a Remain history of Britain and in a Post Brexit world it doesn t have the Velvet Ropes (Club Undercover punch it might have had if Britain had voted Remain Mildly engaging Rating 3 out of 5 stars This is a good and accessibleotted history of Britain focusing on the relationship with Continental Europe and the drivers for English later British olicies towards Europe The author makes reference many times to the wid. And the 'Liberties of Europe' Dynastically Britain has been closely linked to countries as varied as Spain the Netherlands Germany Dynastically Britain has been closely linked to countries as varied as Spain the Netherlands Germany FranceIn this bracing and highly enjoyable book Brendan Simms describes the highlights and low oints in the Euro British encounter from the Dark Ages to the resent The critical importance of understanding this history is shown in the final chapter which dramatizes. ,
Ely expressed idea that a crucial factor in English British olicy over the centuries has been the desire to revent owerful rivals from acuiring control of the Channel orts on the continent But he also introduced some ideas that are new to me such as the continent But he also introduced some ideas that are new to me such as the that these footholds on the continent can be considered A'dan Z'ye Yaşar Kemal part of the British hinterland and the repeated conflicts within Britisholitics 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 Nacht post Brexit future Glide though 1000 years of Britain s relationship with the continent Fun fascinating and essential reading An interesting account on the history of BritainEngland and Europe Simms shows nicely how englisholitical 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 draw conclusions from this common history which I find myself disagreeing with He assumes that only a british European Union can have a future therefore denying much olitical rogress 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 201. The issues around 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 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 opportuni.