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Helmut Schmidt and British-German Relations


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Introduction; 1. The young Helmut Schmidt and British-German relations, 1945-74; 2. Harold Wilson, 1974-76; 3. James Callaghan, 1976-79; 4. Margaret Thatcher, 1979-82; Conclusions.

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This major reinterpretation of British-German relations in the 1970s explores why the two countries rarely saw eye to eye over European integration.

About the Author

Mathias Haeussler is Assistant Professor (Akademischer Rat a.Z.) at Universitat Regensburg, Germany, having previously been Lumley Research Fellow at Magdalene College, Cambridge. He has held fellowships at Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitat Bonn and the Library of Congress.


'In a lucid analytical feat, Haeussler uses a close focus on Helmut Schmidt to explore two competing worldviews and divergent national strategies, which in turn illuminate two very different approaches to European integration. A most insightful re-examination of Britain's and Germany's roles in a defining moment of European politics.' Federico Romero, European University Institute, Florence
'With great empathy not only with Helmut Schmidt, but also with Harold Wilson, James Callaghan, and Margaret Thatcher, Mathias Haeussler highlights the high degree of British-German cooperation behind the notorious quarrels on EC matters. A major contribution to understand European politics in the 1970s.' Wilfried Loth, Universitat Duisburg-Essen
'A powerful analysis of Anglo-German relations. A challenging, yet fascinating book that tells us much about Anglo-German relations over 50 years. It explains the personalities involved and the deep impact of different national histories upon the relationship today. Essential reading for our troubled times.' Anne Deighton, Emerit Professor of European International Politics, University of Oxford
'This book qualifies the standard notion of the UK as an awkward partner in European politics during the 1970s and early 1980s (by broadening the scope beyond EC matters to security and defense). An important read for anyone interested in the history of British-German relations and European cooperation during the last two decades of the Cold War.' Kiran Klaus Patel, Universiteit Maastricht, Netherlands
'This is a very well-researched and thoughtful study of a crucial bilateral relationship, which highlights how much Britain and the Federal Republic have had in common, before explaining why they have nevertheless managed to misunderstand each other much more frequently than they ought to have done'. Piers Ludlow, London School of Economics and Political Science
'The author's wide-ranging source analysis is particularly impressive. Haeussler has evaluated German, British, and US archives, and has skillfully interpreted his findings from these.' Guido Theimeyer, German Historical Institute London Bulletin
'... fascinating ... an important correction to the standard trope of Britain as an awkward partner in European politics.' Stefan Berger, Central European History

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