Thatcher's Diplomacy: The Revival of British Foreign Policy

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Springer, Apr 30, 2016 - Political Science - 269 pages
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A wide-ranging, readable and controversial assessment of Thatcher's foreign policy throughout her years in office, 1979-90. Successive chapters cover her partnership with Lord Carrington, the Falklands War, her American policy, her fights with the EC over money and institutional development, her relationship with Gorbachev, and the failure of her German policy. In arguing that Thatcher's attempt to reconcile economic liberalism with political nationalism in a more assertive foreign policy prefigured the emerging statecraft of post-Cold War great power politics, Paul Sharp demonstrates why studying her successes and failures offers an invaluable guide for policy-makers around the world today.
 

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Contents

1 The Pursuit of Influence
1
2 Foreign Policy and the 1979 Election Campaign
22
3 The ThatcherCarrington Partnership
30
Losing the Falklands
50
the Diplomacy of War
64
the Diplomacy of Support
101
the Diplomacy of Interests
122
the Demandeur
141
Sovereignty and Nationalism
160
Diplomacy at the Summit
183
the Unambiguous Failure
202
12 Thatchers Statesmanship
225
Notes
247
Select Bibliography
264
Index
266
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PAUL SHARP is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He previously taught at Saint Olaf College and the University of British Columbia. He authored Irish Foreign Policy and the European Community in 1990 and has written several articles on British, American, and Soviet foreign policy published in Orbis (US), International Journal (Canada), Diplomacy and Statecraft and Millennium.