The Almost Impossible Ally: Harold Macmillan and Charles de Gaulle

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I.B.Tauris, Feb 21, 2006 - History - 275 pages
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In 1963, General de Gaulle (described by the Foreign Office as Prime Minister Macmillan's "almost impossible ally") aggressively vetoed Britain's first bid to join the Common Market. It was a blow that delayed Britain's entry for a decade and hastened the end of Harold Macmillan's political career. Peter Mangold explores the complex issues that bound the two men in the post-war world, from decolonization to co-operation in the Cold War, and the character traits that separated them in this fascinating portrait of an Anglo-French friendship that turned sour.
 

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Contents

Introduction Bathing at Tipasa
1
REBELS AND RIVALS 13201941
7
AngloFrench Contemporaries
9
Mesentente Cordiale
20
The AngloSaxon Alliance
31
The Resident Minister
42
June Crises
51
Algiers Valedictory
64
The most tragic day of my life
130
NE PLEUREZ PAS MILORD 196063
139
Grand Designs
141
The 64000 Question
151
Not Persuading the General
159
Chateau de Champs
168
Autumn Gales
176
Trouble with Missiles
187

A REVERSAL OF FORTUNES 194460
75
Suez Messina and Algeria
77
The Old Companions
88
In Search of Lost Friendship
99
The General Strikes Out
108
Forcing the Way
118
Jupiterism and After
199
At the End of the Day
213
Notes
223
Bibliography
257
Index
267
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Peter Mangold is a journalist and author and a Senior Associate Member of St Antony's College, Oxford.

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